The Sun at Night: Poems

The Sun at Night: Poems

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by Brooks Haxton
     
 

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'This book clearly demonstrates that Haxton is a poet of impressive technical and aesthetic sophistication. His poems have a shimmeringly lunar, susurrant beauty and an impressive range of literary and historical allusions.' -- Christine Stenstrom, Library Journal

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'This book clearly demonstrates that Haxton is a poet of impressive technical and aesthetic sophistication. His poems have a shimmeringly lunar, susurrant beauty and an impressive range of literary and historical allusions.' -- Christine Stenstrom, Library Journal

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Library Journal
This book clearly demonstrates that Haxton (Traveling Company, Knopf, 1989) is a poet of impressive technical and aesthetic sophistication. His poems have a shimmeringly lunar, susurrant beauty and an impressive range of literary and historical allusions. He writes elegantly of life's disappointments, which he sees as redeemed only by the larger mysteries of the natural world around us. But a polished technique is only one part of a poem's equation, and these poems, self-conscious in style and tone, do not generate enough emotional heat to engage the reader. One of the best poems in the book is simply about a man taking refuge in his rain-soaked garden after a fight with his wife: "Prickly hairs on the zucchini leaves brushed/at my wrist between the cuff and the glove,/making the cool touch of the raindrops more/than a pleasure a relief." Here, feeling is allowed pure expression, unfettered by the mannered voice that weakens the collection as a whole. Recommended for large collections of contemporary poetry only.-Christine Stenstrom, Brooklyn P.L., New York

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679441793
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/23/1995
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
76
Product dimensions:
6.22(w) x 8.64(h) x 0.59(d)

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Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought the book of poems was very nice. Very deep poetry, I like it a lot!