Sacramental Acts: The Love Poems of Kenneth Rexroth

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Poetry. Kenneth Rexroth was by turns a revolutionary and a conservative, simultaneously spiritual and worldly as he created what must be regarded as the most original synthesis of transcendent metaphysical and erotic verse ever written by an American poet. Nowhere is his verse more fully realized than in this collection of nearly 100 love poems.

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Overview

Poetry. Kenneth Rexroth was by turns a revolutionary and a conservative, simultaneously spiritual and worldly as he created what must be regarded as the most original synthesis of transcendent metaphysical and erotic verse ever written by an American poet. Nowhere is his verse more fully realized than in this collection of nearly 100 love poems.

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William O'Daly
Some books one waits for, books which promise to express so perfectly the essence of a writer's work that they seem as inevitable as a next breath. Sacramental Acts...is such a book...
— Parabola
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556590801
  • Publisher: Copper Canyon Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1997
  • Pages: 156
  • Product dimensions: 5.53 (w) x 8.59 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

Kenneth Rexroth (1905-1982) was one of the world's great literary minds. In addition to being a poet, translator, essaysist and teacher, he helped found the San Francisco Poetry Center and influenced generations of readers with his Classics Revisted series.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
A Dialogue of Watching 5
Between Myself and Death 6
Travelers in Erewhon 8
Oaxaca 1925 9
Gradualism 10
Open the Blind 11
She Is Away 12
Mocking Birds 14
Loneliness 15
From The Thin Edge of Your Pride 16
Cinque Terre 17
Camargue 18
Among the Cypresses at the End of the Way of the Cross 19
The Wheel Revolves 20
Organization Men in Affluent Society 22
A Flute Overheard 23
On What Planet 24
When We with Sappho 25
Runaway 30
Inversely, as the Square of Their Distances Apart 31
Delia Rexroth 34
Still on Water 35
Incarnation 36
Lute Music 38
Floating 39
Andree Rexroth 41
Lyell's Hypothesis Again 42
Yugao 45
Andree Rexroth 47
Maximian, Elegy V 51
For the Chinese Actress, Gardenia Chang 53
Rosa Mundi 54
Golden Section 56
Only Years 59
The Reflecting Trees of Being and Not Being 61
Homecoming of Love on the Summits of the Wind 65
Two poems from Poems from the Greek Anthology 67
The Great Canzon 68
My Lover Will Soon Be Here 70
The Morning Sun Shines 71
When Will I Be Home? 72
A Faithful Wife 73
To the Tune "The Boat of Stars" 74
Creamy Breasts 75
Married Love 76
To the Tune "Soaring Clouds" 77
To the Tune "The Joy of Peace and Brightness" 78
From the Persian (1) 79
From the Persian (2) 79
From the Latin 80
"The first time I saw you" 81
"When I look at her" 81
"The cicada cries out" 82
"When I went with you to your ship" 82
"The sound of my laughter" 83
"The nightingale on the flowering plum" 83
"I will remember forever" 84
"Out of doors, I think" 84
"When I gathered flowers" 85
"In the Spring garden" 85
"I am so lost" 86
"In the passing summer" 86
"Once, far over the breakers" 87
"Over the old honeymoon cottage" 87
The Red Kite 88
Equation 89
Growing 93
Survival of the Fittest 94
A Singing Voice 95
On a Flyleaf of Rime - Gaspara Stampa 97
from Mary and the Seasons 98
The American Century 104
This Night Only 105
At Least That Abandon 106
An Easy Song 107
Coming 108
Pacific Beach 109
Maroon Bells 110
Aspen Meadows 111
Like Queen Christina 112
Northampton, 1922-San Francisco, 1939 113
Andree Rexroth 114
Precession of the Equinoxes 115
Confusion 116
The Lights in the Sky Are Stars 117
Confusion of the Senses 125
Quietly 126
About the Editors 129
Index 131
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