The Lyrics: Poems
Who was that stranger beside me?
Please forgive me for insisting
It must have been a dream.
No one could survive such happiness.
The Lyrics records the days of one seeking knowledge through movement and contingent images--a monastery, a motel, an Irish coastal river--all the while conscious of political and class warfare, of being American, of the need to know the difference (if there is one) between good and evil. Each poem is a lament formed in a place of rest, asking: Can we get beyond this and still be? The Lyrics is the newest work of an intense and vital poet.
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Too hard. My little brain couldn't hold these long sequences, much less the whole book, together. I looked to the back cover for some help and found a little: "each poem is a lament formed in a place ...
Review: The LyricsUser Review - Farren - Goodreads
Frustrating. I wanted to like this book a lot more. I love Howe's essays and appreciated the extended form, but found the language a little flat (which is not my jam) and the declarations ("you'd need ... Read full review