Ann Lauterbach's fifth collection, On a Stair, takes its title from Emerson's great essay, Experience: "Where do we find ourselves?" he asks. Lauterbach's search for an answer veers precariously between a desire for spiritual vitality and a sense of the overwhelming materiality of our world. Identifying with the clown, the nomad, and the thief - figures whose ghostly marginality haunt this book - Lauterbach brings us, with a dazzling range of formal and imagistic resources, to a new relationship between self-knowledge and cultural meaning.
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