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In Mark Wunderlich's lexicon, the body is the anchorage for the soul; it's the place where the soul hooks itself to the only thing that keeps . The talent Mark Wunderlich demonstrates in this book speaks to even greater things to come. 5 people found this helpful.

In Mark Wunderlich's lexicon, the body is the anchorage for the soul; it's the place where the soul hooks itself to the only thing that keeps us here, alive. The title poem of this wonderful book begins with an image of a twelfth-century postulant sealed-as a child-in a wall. For nearly a decade her only passageway to the outside world was a small aperture through which she received food and communion.

Mark Wunderlich's first book, The Anchorage, is a vigorous, necessary attempt to make our words catch up with your changing world: "This is America-beetles clustered with the harvest, dust roads trundling off at perfect angles, and signs proclaiming unbearable roadside attractions. The poems are s I would say hical.

Mark Wunderlich (born 1968), is an American poet. He was born in Winona, Minnesota, and grew up in a rural setting near the town of Fountain City, Wisconsin. He attended Concordia College's Institute for German Studies before transferring to the University of Wisconsin, where he studied English and German literature. After moving to New York City he attended Columbia University, where he received an MFA (Master of Fine Arts) degree.

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Mark Wunderlich’s collections of poetry include The Anchorage (1999), winner of the . Wunderlich’s poems engage themes of sexuality, spirituality, and power, balancing a baroque attention to detail with driving movement.

Mark Wunderlich’s collections of poetry include The Anchorage (1999), winner of the Lambda Literary Award, and Voluntary Servitude (2004). His honors include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the Bread Loaf Writers Conference. He has also been awarded the Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship and the Wallace Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University.

In this debut collection, Mark Wunderlich creates a central metaphor of the body as anchor for the soul - but it is a body .

In this debut collection, Mark Wunderlich creates a central metaphor of the body as anchor for the soul - but it is a body in peril, one set in motion through the landscape of desire. In poems located in New York's summer streets, in the barren snowfields of Wisconsin, and along stretches of Cape Cod's open shoreline, the lover speaks to the beloved in the form of lyrical missives, arguments, and intimate monologues. The poems converse with each other; images repeat and echo in an effect that is strange and beautiful.

Mark Wunderlich (born 1968) is an American poet and academic. Wunderlich was born in Winona, Minnesota, and grew up in a rural setting near the town of Fountain City, Wisconsin. He attended Concordia College's Institute for German Studies, before transferring to the University of Wisconsin, where he studied English and German literature. After moving to New York City, he attended Columbia University from which he earned a Master of Fine Arts degree.

Mark Wunderlich’s books of poems are Voluntary Servitude (Graywolf Press, 2004) and The Anchorage (U. of Massachusetts Press, 1999), winner of a Lambda Literary Award. He is a professor of literature at Bennington College. For more poetry, visit The Poetry Section’s vast archive. The Awl. Be less stupid.

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In this debut collection, Mark Wunderlich creates a central metaphor of the body as anchor for the soul―but it is a body in peril, one set in motion through the landscape of desire. In poems located in New York's summer streets, in the barren snowfields of Wisconsin, and along stretches of Cape Cod's open shoreline, the lover speaks to the beloved in the form of lyrical missives, arguments, and intimate monologues. The poems converse with each other; images repeat and echo in an effect that is strange and beautiful. Uniting the collection is an original and consistent voice―one that has found a hard won stance against the haphazard and negotiates with what is needful and sufficient. The Anchorage is a collection of love poems for the end of the millennium and takes as its subjects the dichotomies of love and illness, the urban and the rural, homosexual desire and familial tension. Wunderlich faces the complexities of contemporary life through poems that are both tender and striving and that leave the reader with an image of the body as a door through which one can transcend the suffering of the world.

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Isha
The dichotomy of body and spirit is precisely the wreck into which this remarkable debut collection by Mark Wunderlich wishes to dive. One feels, however, that were Mr. Wunderlich forced to choose, he would elect the body--and has; but it is out of his unflinching determination to explore the "rule" of the body and to be its postulant that Mr. Wunderlich creates this collection's exquisite tension. Hovering throughout is a longing, if not for the divine, then the ecstatic. Mr. Wunderlich's poems explore the powerful spheres of intuitive, sexual and spiritual knowing--playgrounds for the body's birds-of-paradise and spiritual harness--and do so with remarkable eloquence of feeling. The University of Massachusetts Press has done a masterful job of production on this debut volume. As such, this collection is as much a delight to hold in the hand as it is to read.
Agrainel
I heard so much talk about this book, I didn't know what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised to find these poems speaking to me in simple but yet intellectual tones. They are easy to read but yet so deep in feeling; depressing at times, but so true to life. Especially "Fourteen Things" which was a deeply personal poem to me. I never expected to read about a personal friend of mine (Ron)in this book by this author. It brought back many wonderful memories of the friendship we shared so many years ago. If you want to read "Poems" that speak to the heart be sure and read this book. Hopefully, we will hear from Mark Wunderlich a lot more in the near future. Looking forward to it.
Mataxe
There has been a lot of talk about this book, and not just here at Amazon.com. And it is easy to see why this book calls up such strong responses. Wunderlich writes strong poems, and they aren't always poems that make us feel good about ourselves. Many are dark and disturbed things. These poems are just the beginning . . . There is a poet here, already made, and I know I will be keeping an eye on him in the future, as will many people who love poetry. The talent Mark Wunderlich demonstrates in this book speaks to even greater things to come.
NiceOne
The speaker of these poems, in his cavalier attitude and faux importance, is unbearable. The poetry is a bad cross of Mark Doty and Henri Cole, but the description here is overdone Doty, and the lacerative language is too overblown when compared to Cole. The run-to-the-top-of-the-hill-and-scream melodrama of these poems is just depressing to watch. Mark Wunderlich knows how to make poems--as evidenced here--but he is too concerned with being a "voice" and being THE voice of gay men. As a gay man, I don't want Mr. Wunderlich speaking for me. I much prefer to read poems in the voice of one gay man than poems where the speaker is trying so hard to be the voice of an entire group of people.
Umor
Mark Wunderlich's work is amazing. While I haven't seen the finalized incarnation just yet, I've watched this collection of poems evolve over the years and can't wait to hold the whole thing in my hands. I am also extremely fortunate to be able to count Mark as one of my two best friends since the age of nine. This is going to be an incredible collection.
Budar
There are few books that I grab time and again. This is one of them. Mr. Wunderlich wrote a masterpiece. He has a gift and we are lucky that he has chosen to share it.
Brajind
While there is a clear intelligence at work here, I was disappointed by these mannered and rather precious poems. Little is said here that hasn't already been said better and more interestingly by someone else. I'd like to see this author challenge himself more in future.
I had the pleasure of reading Mr Wunderlich book while it was still in mss form. A tremendous pleasure to read and experience. As well, to include several of the poems in my journal. Mark's book is a fascinating debut that is not only unique & original, but stellar all the way. Anyone with the desire to have a pulse on what is really new in poetry must read Wunderlich's book. Enjoy!
The Anchorage: Poems download epub
Poetry
Author: Mark Wunderlich
ISBN: 1558492003
Category: Literature & Fiction
Subcategory: Poetry
Language: English
Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press; First Edition edition (May 13, 1999)
Pages: 72 pages