In new poems and old, Sweet Confluence turns and returns to themes of art, music, landscape, and family that have feathered Ludvigson's lush expressive output over the past twenty-five years.
The twenty new poems resume—Ludvigson's Wisconsin motif—the cradle of her experience and consciousness–and use Old World European sights, her mother's death from Alzheimer's, and a southern palette of sight, scent, and sound to explore the fluidly interconnected states of being: memory, emotion, sleep, thought, and sensation, among others. Disclosing an acceptance of the world as it is, never refusing or diminishing life’s full and reaching reality, Ludvigson possesses a joyous maturity that dovetails with the youthful urgency to know and understand exhibited in her early poems.
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