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May 1985
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Wyndmere
Muske, Carol
Wyndmere is a town in North Dakota where Carol Muske’s mother was born, and where she visited as a child. Muske’s grandparents are buried there, and it is where her mother met and married her father. Now almost a ghost town, Wyndmere is the source of imagery in many of these poems, as well as the idea of Wynd-mere, wind-mother, both inspiration and principle of separation.
Carol Muske has taught in the graduate writing programs at Columbia University, the Iowa Writers' Workshops, the University of California at Irvine, and the University of Virginia. Her first book of poems, Camouflage, was published in 1975 by the University of Pittsburgh Press, followed by Skylight (1981) and Wyndmere (1985). Among her awards are the 1979 Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award of the Poetry Society of America, and a 1981 National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Fellowship.
"Carol Muske's tautly phrased, muted, highly condensed and vibrant poems are distinguised by the delicacy of their feeling, the subtlety of their wit and especially by their ability to present the ordinary events of life. . . .as if they were being experienced for the first time." -Marjorie Perloff "I admire enormously the power and beauty the bright, clear language gives Carol Muske's new poems. . . .it is the poet's characted which shows and at times even shines through the language into the poems. . . .it is hard to believe most poems these days; most poems any time, probably. Not these."—Donald Justice

"The photograph of Carol Muske on the back cover of Wyndmere is sweet--loose curls, wide smile, rounded cheeks--promising gentleness and soft sensuality. The eyes are lowered. But inside the poems the eyelids lift, and the gaze is wide, level, and piercing. These poems come straight from 'The gold unblinking eye of the forge.'" —Field

"Personal, deeply human poems." —Library Jounal

“Wyndmere is that rare thing in poetry today -- a genuine pleasure to read."—Dana Gioia, Hudson Review

"These transitional poems are a peaceable region, elevated, yet placed between our opposing classical and romantic traditions. they are poems that clear the air." —Norman Dubie

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Wyndmere is a town in North Dakota where Carol Muske’s mother was born, and where she visited as a child. Muske’s grandparents are buried there, and it is where her mother met and married her father. Now almost a ghost town, Wyndmere is the source of imagery in many of these poems, as well as the idea of Wynd-mere, wind-mother, both inspiration and principle of separation.
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