Incandescent poems about living and aging—about being awake in this young century—by one of our most moving and eloquent poets.
These poems chart the journeys of sleepless nights when whole lifetimes seem to pass with their stories: loves lost and gained; children and seasons in their phases; and the world beyond, both threatening and enriching life. The time before sleep acts as an invitation to reflect on the world's quieter movements—from gardens heavy after a first storm to the moon slipping into darkness in an eclipse—as well as on the subtle but relentless passage of time. Insomnia embodies Linda Pastan's graceful and iconic voice, both lucid and haunting.
About the Author
Linda Pastan's many awards include the Maurice English Award, the Radcliffe College Distinguished Alumni Award, and the 2003 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize. The former poet laureate of Maryland, she is the author of fourteen books of poetry—the latest of which, Insomnia, won the Towson University Prize for Literature. She lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland.
Restless and serene, spirited and subdued...[Pastan’s] poems look at the drama and depth of ordinary life. — Paris Review
Not a dark book but one rich with supple humor and affirmation... by one of the most accomplished poets writing today. — Library Journal
Linda Pastan’s work appears to be a happiness shared with nature and personal relationships. All that, yes, yet it’s about what we’re in danger of losing. This is the kinetic quality of Pastan’s poetry, calmed by lyricism…I read this book as a meditation with its constant pulse, reminding us that the poet who never races with the clock has all the time she needs. — Washington Independent Review of Books
[Pastan] has the talent to blend seriousness and playfulness in a variety of forms and rhythms…Perhaps her finest accomplishment…she has given her readers a healthy series of reflective and life-changing poems—poems to enrich us. — Missourian