In her second collection of poems, Patricia Hampl addresses the classical themes of beauty and love, loss and memory, in  a series of shorter poems and then in the long title poem. Set in a small, tumbledown cabin on the North Shore of Lake Superior, Resort follows the season of summer as Hampl explores a period of solitude after a loss, employing as a touchstone the image of the wild rose as it blooms and withers. In essence a book about healing oneself through paying attention to the physical world, Resort has been called by poet Sandra MacPherson “major, richly entangled, ebullient . . . all of a sudden my favorite long poem.”

Woman Before an Aquarium
University of Pittsburgh Press
ISBN: 0822933780