The Marriage in the Trees
Many of the poems in The Marriage in the Trees, Stanley Plumly's sixth book of poetry, concern the passing of the author's parents. This deeply ... Show synopsis Many of the poems in The Marriage in the Trees, Stanley Plumly's sixth book of poetry, concern the passing of the author's parents. This deeply personal collection demonstrates a mastery of form and language and a wisdom that marks the work of a mature poet, one of our finest. Images of trees and birds dominate these poems. Birds -- owls, doves, crows, and cardinals -- whether remembered from childhood or spotted in a rain shower at Union Square, frequently inspire Plumly's lyrical meditations. They serve as symbols of the vitality at the abrupt edges of life. Trees -- losing their leaves in the autumn, blooming in the spring, providing wood for both a home as well as a casket and cover from exposure -- stand watch over these poems as they do over the life around us, symbols of permanence amid the transience of life. Memory, history, and family are powerful presences here, the past infusing the present with questions and meaning. The Marriage in the Trees advances Stanley Plumly's standing as one of our strongest and most accomplished lyric poets.