The Blaze of the Poui


Title Details

Pages: 88

Trim size: 5.500in x 8.500in



Pub Date: 04/20/2003

ISBN: 9-780-8203-2515-6

List Price: $19.95

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POETRY / American / General

The Blaze of the Poui


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The Blaze of the Poui unfolds a world as lush and rank as a rain forest, as alluring and lethal as a sea anemone. Mark McMorris writes of the Americas, the Caribbean, and other sites of conquest and colonization, mingling the personal and political, the present and past on pages filled with the language of parting, remembering, promise, and loss.

The punch is a stunning one, landing its blow with such finesse you are surprised you didn't see it coming. . . . McMorris credibly sounds the mature intonations of a late-career poet when he speaks of ‘the smell of the world in its dotage coming to roost.’ Poetic equilibrium of this order is a rare thing when managing such charged material, but in a young poet it is cause for small amazement.

Village Voice Literary Supplement

Intermingling an erudite but folksy persona with a metrics that suggests 17th-century England, McMorris sifts and often lush, deceptively whole Caribbean landscape for the traces of a harsh English colonial past. . . . From all of these poems emerges a poetic voice that is at once deeply engaged in with an English poetic tradition, but not afraid to, through the tactics of postmodernism, to trouble the terms of its extended contract.

Publishers Weekly

McMorris is a poet utterly devoted to the sensual beauty of language and he crafts lines dense and strong enough to bear the crashing forces of history and identity contained within them. McMorris brings many literary histories to his work: Caribbean, European, and American poetries all meet here. . . . When McMorris brings language, longing, and the physical world together, allowing diverse contemporary voices to rise up and carry his poems, his work is wrenching, lovely, and powerfully seductive.

Poetry Project


Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize, Academy of American Poets

About the Author/Editor

MARK McMORRIS is author of The Black Reeds (Georgia) and other collections. He has published his poems in New American Writing, Callaloo, Conjunctions, and other journals. McMorris is an assistant professor of English at Georgetown University.