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From the Bones Out

(1999)
A collection of poems by

 
 
My lover tells me I am like this place./I tell him what I miss: the slap of leaves/on skin and air that's like a damp embrace. The poems of this debut have a Cinderella-like innocence, transforming ugliness into beauty and waving the wand of well-crafted metaphor over all they encounter. The horrific suicide of a grandfather, a mother's cancer, the mourning for a stillborn child, the potential foreclosure of a neighbor's farm are all recounted with a refined clarity. Yet through it all, de los Santos manages to frame life's traumas with a voice that can seem borrowed from the Stage Manager in Our Town: Some years/were fair, but most were bad./The taxes, worse than weevil, tried/to take each dime she had. However, there are also poems, such as Io's Gift, that evoke, through their subtlety and sensuality, the pleasures of the ever-changing consciousness of the female body: I learned myself, bit/ by bit, or maybe I/ should say I dawned/ upon myself, a slow dawning. There are also glamorous poems, including Supermodel, and Perfect Dress, in which the poet indulges in herself as an object of perfect beauty: Someone will murmur, /'She is sublime, '/will be precisely right, and I will step, /with incandescent shoulders, / into my perfect evening. In its worked simplicity, this is a first book that offers a formula of hope and clarity when confronting life's trials and tribulations.



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Hardback Editions

April 1999 : USA Hardback
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Title: From the Bones Out (James Dickey Contemporary Poetry S.)
Author(s): Maris De Los Santos
ISBN: 1-57003-320-X / 978-1-57003-320-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: University of South Carolina Press
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April 1999 : USA Hardback
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Title: From the Bones Out (The James Dickey Contemporary Poetry Series)
Author(s): Marisa de los Santos
ISBN: 1-57003-322-6 / 978-1-57003-322-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Univ of South Carolina Pr
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Paperback Editions

July 2000 : Paperback
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Title: By De Los Santos, Marisa From the Bones Out (James Dickey Contemporary Poetry) Paperback - July 2000
Author(s): Marisa De Los Santos
Publisher: University of South Carolina Press
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April 2000 : USA Paperback
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Title: From the Bones Out: Poems (The James Dickey Contemporary Poetry Series)
Author(s): Marisa de los Santos
ISBN: 1-57003-323-4 / 978-1-57003-323-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: University of South Carolina Press
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