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In A Memory of the Future, Elizabeth Spires details the search for a core identity, meditating on the necessary divide between the social persona who navigates the world and the artist's secret self. As the poems move from Zen reflections outward into the identifiable worlds of Manhattan and Maryland's Eastern shore, houses, both real and imagined, become metaphorical extensions of the self and psyche. These poems ask the unanswerable questions that become more pressing in the second half of life. How are we changed by the passage of time? How does memory define and shape us? As Spires reminds us, any memory of the future will become, paradoxically, a memory of the past, and of forgetting.
FROM "ZEN SONNET"
So let us go out into the world and wander a little
beggars with empty bowls in straw hats grass sandals.