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Spring and a Thousand Years (Unabridged)

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Poems
Judy Halebsky
120 pages, 5 ½ × 8 ½
978-1-68226-133-0 (paper)
March 2020

 

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Finalist, 2020 Miller Williams Poetry Prize

Inspired by Matsuo Basho’s writings and teachings on poetics and haiku, the interrelated lyric poems in Spring and a Thousand Years (Unabridged) investigate work and marriage, the question of becoming a parent while watching a parent age into dementia, and the realities of wrestling with inequality, pollution, and habitat loss while navigating everyday life in Oakland, California. Simultaneously, they converse with Chinese poets from the eighth century and Japanese writers from the eleventh and seventeenth centuries. From these disparate sources, Halebsky weaves together small moments, stolen phrases, and images of beauty, allowing them to reveal their own sly humor and unvarnished truth.

Supported by the Miller and Lucinda Williams Poetry Fund.

Judy Halebsky is the author of the poetry collections Tree Line and Sky = Empty. Originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia, she spent five years studying in Japan on fellowships from the Japanese Ministry of Culture. She lives in Oakland and teaches at Dominican University of California.

“Halebsky likes the unleashed energy of poetry, and in the poems gathered here, she delivers.”
—Billy Collins, series editor