This Imagined Permanence
This Imagined Permanence by Nathalie Stephens
first published 1996, paperback
"What if...?" is one of the constant themes in human life - all the choices not made, things not done, lives not lived. In This Imagined Permanence , stephens's second collection of poetry, she traces the reflections of a lesbian preoccupied by the what-ifs of existence. Poet and voyeur, philosopher and recluse, the narrator contemplates the passions and desires of women who exist as she herself cannot. Burdened by her decision to lead a lifein the margins, she attempts to make other women's lives her own. A haunting investigation of the universal difficulty of reaching out, entering forbidden territory, living in a precarious world - and a magnificent sequel to hivernale , stephens's first book of poems.