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Posted May 19, 2002
a dark collection, but one you definitely should read
Dana Gioia has made a name for himself as both a poet and a critic. And I¿ve heard both sides of the argument, but if you have read _The Gods of Winter_ than you cannot deny his excellence as a poet (and if you haven¿t read this collection, then you definitely should go and buy it now). The book is divided into five sections. Section I contains seven of his better poems. ¿All Souls¿¿, ¿The Gods of Winter¿, and ¿Planting a Sequoia¿ are here. The poems in this first section are about loss, even ¿Planting a Sequoia¿ which is also about life. Section II contains the longer poem ¿Counting the Children.¿ The poems in Section III are poems more about place rather than the loss of sections I & II. Section IV is the long narrative, ¿The Homecoming.¿ It¿s a dark poem, Frost-like in its nature, about a troubled boy and what happens when he goes home to his family. The final poems, in Section V, while still dark, leave us with a bit more hope than found in any of the other sections. Gioia¿s use of language and choice of words is exceptionally beautiful in this collection. And the heartbreak of losing a child if felt throughout. This collection leaves the reader a little sad, but with much to think about.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.