Brief Candles: 101 Clerihews

Brief Candles: 101 Clerihews

by Henry Taylor


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Not since W. H. Auden's Academic Graffiti has a poet of serious substance indulged so thoroughly in clerihews, those miniature (and often outrageously fictional) biographies invented just over 100 years ago by E. C. Bentley (1875—1956). In Brief Candles, Pulitzer Prize winner Henry Taylor takes on with hilarious irreverence people usually taken most seriously — members of the Supreme Court, poets laureate, literary theorists, Whitewater celebrities, and New Testament figures — demonstrating through 101 clerihews that one of the primary purposes of poetry is to have fun, even while craftsmanship remains paramount. Taylor's shimmering wit and resourceful use of rhyme combine with whimsical illustrations by Heather Alexander to make these tiny playful pieces a rare treat for all readers. In times of tribulation, we can read the Book of Lamentations, or the Psalms, or just as likely, Henry Taylor's clerihews. They are, as he calls them, Brief Candles, but they do give a satisfying light.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807125649
Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
Publication date: 03/01/2000
Pages: 64
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 7.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Henry Taylor, author of four previous poetry collections, received the Pulitzer Prize in 1986 for his third book of poems, The Flying Change. He is professor of literature and codirector of the MFA program in creative writing at American University.

Table of Contents

IJust for a Riband3
IIThe Savage God11
IVReaders in Theory29
VReaders in Practice33
VIWaters White, Murky, and Otherwise43
VIIThe High Bench47

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