The Night Guard at the Wilberforce Hotel

The Night Guard at the Wilberforce Hotel

by Daniel Anderson
     
 

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The poems in The Night Guard at the Wilberforce Hotel navigate the evanescent boundaries between the public and the private self. Daniel Anderson’s settings are often social but never fail to turn inward, drowning out the chatter of conversation to quietly observe the truths that we simultaneously share and withhold from one another—even as we

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The poems in The Night Guard at the Wilberforce Hotel navigate the evanescent boundaries between the public and the private self. Daniel Anderson’s settings are often social but never fail to turn inward, drowning out the chatter of conversation to quietly observe the truths that we simultaneously share and withhold from one another—even as we visit friends, celebrate a young couple’s union, or eavesdrop on the conversations of others. These twenty poems include meditations on teaching hungover undergraduates, wine tasting among snobs, and engaging the war on terror from the comfort of the suburbs. They are alternately driven by ornamental language that seeks to clarify and crystallize the beauties of our common world and the poet’s faith that fellowship ultimately trumps partisanship. Even as they weigh and measure the darkness of the heart and the sometimes rash and stingy movements of the mind, the poems refrain from pronouncing judgment on their characters. As much as they ponder, they also celebrate in exact, careful, and loving terms the haunting and bracing stimuli from which they originate.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Oregon Humanities - Graham Murtaugh

Like the night guard in the title poem of his new collection, Daniel Anderson takes us on memorial rounds with him, checking latches and looking into dark corners, sometimes surprised—often not—at what's to be found there.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781421413471
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
03/20/2014
Series:
Johns Hopkins: Poetry and Fiction Series
Pages:
80
Sales rank:
1,333,582
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 5.40(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

Maurice Manning
The sensory realm of these poems is as slow and subtle as melting snow. The world is muffled and muted. What matters is how the mind goes into the observed world to illuminate it with thought, to stir its flagging passions, and even to bring it hope. This is a jolting and beautiful book, one I will go back to again and again.

Claudia Emerson
The finely rendered voice in Daniel Anderson’s The Night Guard at the Wilberforce Hotel is one of wisdom and vulnerability, hard–earned resolve, and steadfast wonder. His attention—a "supple, taut, and silken net"—suspends between seemingly opposite and equally forceful gravities, one that belongs to "a dull, protracted age / Of worry, ambiguity, and doubt," and the other to a pure desire "that certain days—this one— / may never end." The result is transfiguring. Anderson is in firm possession of the rare ability to make "our exhausted, ruthless world / seem limitless once more." I am supremely grateful for The Night Guard at the Wilberforce Hotel.

Richard Wilbur
Daniel Anderson's fine new poems are plain spoken, and yet their outwardness turns subtly inward as we read and endows each subject with depth and discovery.

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