The Hills of Holland
106 pp. Paper 6 ˝ " x 8˝"
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Poetry on the wayward fortunes of travel, art and myth, and the givens of everyday life. Title poem focuses on Sumatra in the late 18th Century through the eyes of William Marsden, linguist, historian and naturalist; and ‘La Udden, a Maylay exile in England.Poetry on the wayward fortunes of travel, art and myth, and the givens of everyday life. Title poem focuses on Sumatra in the late 18th Century through the eyes of William Marsden, linguist, historian and naturalist; and ‘La Udden, a Maylay exile in England.
Schor’s poems take on the miniature, the universal, and the finely graded
territory in between, creating moments both of recognition and of astonishment.
Schor has the unusual ability to be rigorous and philosophical, and, at the same
time, tender and often wise; these poems feel like a modern answer to Rilke. Her
subtle mastery of form lends her work a lucid elegance that complements her
historical, mythic, and painterly subject matter. The final long poem is a
—Andrew Solomon, author of The Noonday Demon : An Atlas of Depression (National Book Award)
Schor’s The Hills of Holland is an immensely accomplished and mature
‘first volume’ of poems. ‘Opera Without Words’ is a poignant permanence,
while other meditative splendors include ‘The Works of Galla Placidia,’ ‘Fireflies,’
‘The Snow Ghosts,’ and ‘Scout Scar.’ But the book’s glory is its title
poem, a visionary narrative so thoroughly seen and composed that
it stands as one of a handful of major American longer poems, of middle length,
of the last half-century."
Esther Schor is a poet, scholar, editor and Associate Professor in the Department of English at Princeton University. Her poetry has appeared in The Times Literary Supplement, The Yale Review, London Magazine and other American and British journals. She was awarded the Joseph E. Brodine Prize and her poem "Fireflies’" has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize.