book, which ten years ago led to appearances on the Today Show, Oprah, CNN and Fresh Air. When she read from her book, Lucy barely tolerated the cancer survivors in the audience who would try to one-up her account of suffering or give their reports "from the suffering sweepstakes." She hated the phrase "survival of the human spirit." Autobiography of a Face, an unsentimental, tough work of art, transcends cancer in favor of something more--a quest for truth and beauty. (KS) The Cuckoo by Peter Streckfus Introduction by Louise Glück Yale University Press, 2004, 80 pp., $25 (cloth), $13 (paper) The 2003 Yale Series of Younger Poets winner, The Cuckoo, by Peter Streckfus, is the choice of Louise Glück, judge of last year's contest. The book jacket heralds the collection as "daring," alluding to Streckfus's willingness to fuse traditional narrative and lyric modes with more experimental techniques. Although Glück's choice may initially surprise readers, marking as it does a departure from the style generally favored by one of the most prestigious prizes in American poetry, closer examination of The Cuckoo yields an explanation. One of Streckfus's central motifs is the journey, or quest. The emphasis on archetypes and
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Published: Oct 8, 2004
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