A reissuing of The Lotus Flowers, poetry by Ellen Bryant Voigt.
Library JournalThis is Voigt's third collection, and it is excellent. Her main subject is the rural life of Vermont and her roots in Virginia; appropriately, she uses a plain-spoken manner: ``My grandfather killed a mule with a hammer,/ or maybe with a plank, or a stick, maybe/ it was a horsethe story varied/in the telling.'' But the poems are also studded with such lovelinesses as ``the hawk's great leisure/ over the field.'' This combination of plain surface and eloquent detail allows the poems to contain deep feeling unmarred by exaggeration of self-dramatizing hyperbole. Her landscapes and observation of nature, though exquisite, are never merely painterly; the dignity, simplicity, and clarity of her work inevitably make one think of Frost. At least one poem, ``The Trust,'' should enter our literary heritage. Highly recommended. Frank Lepkowski, Oakland Univ. Lib., Rochester, Mich.
- Carnegie-Mellon University Press
- Publication date:
- Carnegie Mellon Classic Contemporary Series: Poetry
- Edition description:
- New Edition
- Product dimensions:
- 5.40(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.30(d)
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