Blackacre

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* A Publishers Weekly Fall 2016 Top 10 Poetry Selection * *One of Brooklyn MagazineÆs 100 Books to Read in 2016 * ôBlackacreö is a centuries-old legal fictionùa placeholder name for a hypothetical estate. Treacherously lush or alluringly bleak, these poems reframe their subjects as landscape, as legacyùa bereavement, an intimacy, a racial identity, a pubescence, a culpability, a diagnosis. With a surveyorÆs keenest tools, Youn marks the boundaries of the given, what we have been allotted: acreage that has been ruthlessly fenced, previously tenanted, ploughed and harvested, enriched and depleted. In the title sequence, the poet gleans a second crop from the field of MiltonÆs great sonnet on his blindness: a lyric meditation on her barrenness, on her own desireùher own struggleùto conceive a child. What happens when the transformative imagination comes up against the limits of unalterable fact?

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