Natal Command

Overview

Peter Sacks draws upon his life as an expatriate as well as upon his early years in South Africa, including his time spent in the military, to create a remarkably powerful book of poetry. At turns meditative and narrative, Sacks is unafraid to lay bare in vivid imagery his sense of both personal and historical losses, and his commitment to the works of mourning and of cultural repair. Even the love poems emerge from this book with the impress of both bittersweet aspiration and ...
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Overview

Peter Sacks draws upon his life as an expatriate as well as upon his early years in South Africa, including his time spent in the military, to create a remarkably powerful book of poetry. At turns meditative and narrative, Sacks is unafraid to lay bare in vivid imagery his sense of both personal and historical losses, and his commitment to the works of mourning and of cultural repair. Even the love poems emerge from this book with the impress of both bittersweet aspiration and regret.
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Editorial Reviews

Carol Muske
These are peoms of hopelessness, of despair, yet they are restorative in their waves of clear interrogative light, their keen and moving exactitude. -- New York Times Book Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226733432
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 12/22/1997
  • Series: Phoenix Poets Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 87
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Sacks is the author of two previous collections of poems, In These Mountains and Promised Lands, and of the acclaimed critical work The English Elegy. He is professor of English at Harvard University.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
The Gate 3
Natal Command 4
The Ridge 31
Night Ferry 32
May Eve 33
The Thorn 35
For Iris Hayter 36
Nuttall Gardens 38
Century 41
Kronos 42
Night Duty 43
Words 44
Judas Peak 46
Truce 47
Across the Field 48
Larkin 50
Drakensberg 51
Kein Ander 55
Only the Swimmer 67
The Reins 68
The Course 69
Eclipse 70
On the Path 71
The Rock 72
The Trench 73
The Swimmer 75
Blue Star 77
Notes 79
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