A new collection of poetry by one of America's most celebrated lyric poets.
Library JournalIn his latest collection, Irwin (The Halo of Desire) depicts a thoughtful mind in solitary struggle between attachment to the "tiny flame" of each instant and a quest for permanence. The "bright" of the title suggests "rapture of the fetching present"; the "hunger" refers to a vision of the truth, "changeless/ but changing like waves." Poems about traveling and elegiac tributes to his father are suspended in a collage of color, light, and shadow, with words dissolving as Irwin fast-forwards through ever-changing scenes. But he's wary of the "slow wonder of being devoured," and Irwin does create spaces in his poems where he can rest. The reader will appreciate it, for this is dynamic poetry that draws one along like a strong current. The result can be a little exhausting, but Irwin takes a step forward here in his writing. For all contemporary collections.-Frank Allen, Northampton Community Coll., Tannersville, PA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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