Necessity

Overview

"Sacks brings a uniquely compassionate heart and an enduring poetic genius to all that he has to say."—Robert Creeley
Peter Sacks traverses morally charged landscapes in poems reminiscent of Rilke and Celan. Through the lens of Peter Sacks's actual journey from a strife-torn South Africa to a haunted and spiritually frayed America, Necessity travels from remembered heights unblemished by time's weight, through deserts laden by the debris of our mad dreams—progress, conquest, ...

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Overview

"Sacks brings a uniquely compassionate heart and an enduring poetic genius to all that he has to say."—Robert Creeley
Peter Sacks traverses morally charged landscapes in poems reminiscent of Rilke and Celan. Through the lens of Peter Sacks's actual journey from a strife-torn South Africa to a haunted and spiritually frayed America, Necessity travels from remembered heights unblemished by time's weight, through deserts laden by the debris of our mad dreams—progress, conquest, salvation—to arrive at the waters of communal memory, values, and love.

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Editorial Reviews

Los Angeles Times Book Review
“A masterful book.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393325041
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/1/2003
  • Pages: 102
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Sacks is the author of six books of poetry. He teaches at Harvard University.

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Table of Contents

I.
15. V. 99 17
Head 18
Crestone 20
Flight 22
Off the Field 24
Threshold 26
Winnowing 28
Floor 30
Dove 32
Note 35
II.
Face to Face 39
Serenade 40
Wilderness & The American Mind 46
Horizon 48
The Time It Takes 50
Above the Fire 52
28. XII. 99 54
Each New Arrival 56
Note 58
III.
Firestorm 61
Current 62
Below the Fire 63
What We See Under the Stars 64
Under the Sun 66
Book Two 69
The Ungathering 71
The Word 73
IV.
Valediction 79
Thorn 80
River (As Before) 82
River (Iargei) 83
Third River 84
River (Flaring) 85
Possible River 86
River (Fire) 87
Seventh River 88
The Salient 89
City 90
V.
Ocean 95
Notes 103
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