In this collection, Stanley Plumly confronts and celebrates mortality--in the detailed natural world, in the immediacy of the loss of friends, and in personal encounters. Archetypal, sometimes even allegorical, the poems in Old Heart amount to a sustained meditation. The American Academy of Arts and Letters declared of Plumly that "he has in the last thirty years quietly, steadily, expanded the range of lyric poetry in English...[and] reinvigorated our poetry." His ethical rigor and literary modesty combine in Old Heart--his finest book of poetry.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - rmckeown - LibraryThing
These are the kinds of poems I do not like. Awkward constructions, twisted odd metaphors, minimal punctuation, dense imagery all prevent me from enjoying this book of poetry. Unfortunately, the poems ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - wrmjr66 - LibraryThing
This is an uneven book of poems. At his best, Plumly writes in a lyrical voice with an eye attuned to nature. He can write in a variety of meters and can use off-rhymes on occasion to pull his lines ... Read full review