Concerning the Book that is the Body of the Beloved

Concerning the Book that is the Body of the Beloved

by Gregory Orr
     
 

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Gregory Orr's ambitious and visionary lyrics explores every dimension of what it is to be humanSee more details below

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Gregory Orr's ambitious and visionary lyrics explores every dimension of what it is to be human

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Publishers Weekly
Orr's first book since The Caged Owl: New and Selected Poems (2002) has little in common with the hushed, observant lyric that made his reputation in the 1970s; this eighth collection is, instead, a confident, mystical, expansive project, whose very clear short poems (almost 200 of them) constitute a meditation and ritual for grieving a lost beloved. The first poem invokes the Egyptian god Osiris, whose lover Isis resurrected him by collecting his scattered parts: "We must find them... As an anthologist might collect/ All the poems that matter," Orr intones. As he pursues that goal, however, his own poems can be overbroad in focus: "The heart knows all/ These songs/ And a million of its own," one poem says. "The risk is always there," a later poem states, "And the challenge, too: To take it in, to feel it, and then/ To speak it back in poems and songs." "When the beloved dies," he explains later, "It's only to ask more of you,/ So you become richer from giving." Near the end, Orr describes his own poetry as "a silent saying/ Of all/ We hold dear." Poems about earlier poets (Sappho, Emily Dickinson, Apollinaire) add detail but fail to change the tone. (Nov.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781619320642
Publisher:
Copper Canyon Press
Publication date:
12/18/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
200
Sales rank:
841,818
File size:
1 MB

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