Goodbye, Silver Sister, Jeanne Foster's second collection of
po-ems, opens with a series of poems about a girl coming of age in
pre-Katrina New Orleans, informed and haunted by the magic of the
city. The powerful Pearl River forms the dividing line be-tween
adulthood and other worlds, both geographic and existen-tial:
"death, divorce, and the thousand other ways I would lose faith in
the breastplate of love." The collection is also an elegy for and
tribute to the poet's par-ents, who met in the WPA Artists'
Project. Through her poems she keeps them alive and is also able to
say good-bye. Like the work of her mentor, James Wright, these
poems reach far beyond the personal in their willingness to look at
the un-seemly sides of being human within the context of a profound
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