In her seventh volume Marilyn Hacker confronts life and death at the end of our genocidal century, making another extraordinary contribution to the feminist and lesbian canon. Winter Numbers is pervaded by Hacker's awareness of being an agent in history. The long opening poem, "Against Elegies," is an impassioned meditation on the scourges of AIDS and cancer among the poet's friends and contemporaries, and the parallel scourge of social indifference. Other erotically tinged elegies lead to the account of her own battle with breast cancer. Among the many necessary works on breast cancer, Hacker's "Cancer Winter" will be cited for its affirmation, humor, and honesty. It received the John Masefield Memorial Award of the Poetry Society of America and the B.F. Conners Award from the Paris Review.
Against Elegies Nearly a Valediction Terminal A Note Downriver Corona Groves of Academe Days of 1987 Elysian Fields One More Car Poem for Julie Chiliastic Sapphics Annunciation: 8 A.M. Her Ring Letter on June 15 Quai Saint-Bernard Letter to a Wound Letter to Julie in a New Decade For K.J., Between Anniversaries An Absent Friend Cleis Dusk: July For a Fiftieth Anniversary Street Scenes I-V Days of 1992 Year's End Cancer Winter August Journal.