They Can’t Take That Away from Me

Finalist, National Book Awards 2001 for Poetry

They Can't Take That Away from Me by Gail Mazur book cover
ISBN 9780226514451
University Of Chicago Press
Gail Mazur author photo
Gail Mazur

Gail Mazur is the founding director of the Blacksmith House Poetry series and the author of six previous books of poems, including They Can’t Take That Away from Me, a finalist for the National Book Award. More about this author >

Award Years

Award Status

Award Categories

In this series of poems Gail Mazur takes stock-of the complexity of relationships between parents and children, the desires of the body as well as its frailties, the distinctions between memory and history, and the hope of art to capture these seemingly inscrutable realities. By turns mordant and passionate, narrative and meditative, Mazur’s poems imply that life, with all of its losses, triumphs, and abrasive intimacies, is far richer and more elaborately metaphorical than poetry can aspire to be-and yet her poems do affectingly recreate this reality. These illuminating poems are the work of an acclaimed poet at the top of her form.

X