Today's poem is "My Wife's Back"
from No Doubt the Nameless

Four Way Books

Sydney Lea is the author of twelve volumes of poetry. A former Pulitzer finalist, a recipient of fellowships from the Rockefeller, Fulbright and Guggenheim Foundations, he was founder and longtime editor of New England Review. Active in literacy and conservation efforts, he lives in northern Vermont with his wife Robin Barone.

Other poems by Sydney Lea in Verse Daily:
September 26, 2013:   "Doubt" "Something wakes me in the west of Montana...."
June 9, 2013:   "Idiot Moon" "The hard-edged candor of moon in her early rising..."
September 12, 2009:   "I Was Thinking of Beauty" "I surrender myself to Charles Mingus. I'm spinning Tijuana Moods..."

Books by Sydney Lea:

Other poems on the web by Sydney Lea:
Three poems
Two poems

Sydney Lea's Website.

Sydney Lea According to Wikipedia.

About No Doubt the Nameless:

"The truth is, no one writes--or has written--like Sydney Lea, except maybe E.A. Robinson. In a long poem, 'Locals,' Lea says, 'My life has been distilled to details, / But on balance has been exquisite.' And that's just it: the people, the creatures, the land, but also the language are so exquisitely seen and sounded that every poem is a tribute and a celebration. In this collection full of memories, each is immediate and alive. I am forever a fan of Lea's poems and of the skill and heart and guts it takes to write poems like these in this age."
—Fleda Brown

"In Sydney Lea's new book, No Doubt the Nameless, the mystery of the commonplace in its familiar Frostian landscape surrounds the reader. The first poem in the book draws us into the mind of a child, terrified by what seems to be lurking outside his grandmother's farmhouse on a freezing winter night, as an enormous presence makes itself felt in the dark. But it is not death, as we might expect, 'out there'--it is birth that is the source of fearful speculation. Again and again these startling, beautifully-made poems upend assumptions about life, death, and everything in-between. 'I'll turn the whole bittersweet saga over', Lea says. And he does, with a sure and steady hand, in profound, masterful, unforgettable style."
—Carol Muske-Dukes

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