In Late Light

In Late Light

by Brian Swann


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In Late Light by Brian Swann

There is a clearing by a certain stone
where images flow and are worth stopping for.
I have stayed there almost all day in silence
until night remembered what belonged to it
and its shadows started to take back its own.
I’ve found it hard to walk away as starlight
infused daisies and the stone itself began
to feel like a star so, although what I have done
with my life may not be much, for a while
it seemed to be in line.

The poems of In Late Light situate objects and experiences (both large and small, concrete and abstract) within Brian Swann’s perspective of the natural world. Sixty-two poems presented in four sections explore his life—from early days to the present—evoking friends and family on two continents. His sharp, bright imagery affirms the unique beauty of our world and explores its invisible mysteries.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781421408569
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 03/26/2013
Series: Johns Hopkins: Poetry and Fiction
Pages: 96
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Brian Swann is the author of several collections of poems, most recently Autumn Road, winner of The Ohio State University Press/The Journal Award and Snow House, winner of the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Prize for Pleiades Press/LSU Press.

Table of Contents

I. Temenos
In Line
This Place
The Garden
As If
Click Song
For an Anonymous Thrush
A Typology of Birds
II. Opening the Dark
Land of Flint
Opening the Dark
Pity Me
Old Men
Ghost Image
The Amazon
The Knife
The Obsidian Mirror
The Drowned Boy
Night sky with Figures
The Stranger
III. Ghost Dance
Grandfather Clock
The Pit
Rag and Bone
Time Saver
The Lake
The Waves
Ghost Dance
Strange Flowers
Longinus on the Bowery
Tropical Fish
Over the Moon
IV. Making It Out
The Rill
The Gods
The Whistlet and His Dog
The Feather
Making It Back
Making It Out
The Horses
The Cricket
The Sky
How I Understand Eternity

What People are Saying About This

Eamon Grennan

This various and vital collection in which articulate engagement with the sensual stuff of the natural world coexists with philosophic riffs on the meaning of night scents, stars, fireflies, and even family history is a brave, various, adventurous book that reveals with the tang of clear, immediate speech a poet in the fully earned maturity of his powers.

John Peck

D. H. Lawrence’s feeling for families and Basil Bunting’s precision meet in these poems 'sharp as chipped chert or fer de lance.' A postwar English childhood and Catskill seasonal inventories frame a wiry, impish, affecting life review, rhythmically akin to the Italian poetry Swann has translated, and marking a personal summit. 'The mountain is a pattern that whirls.'

Grace Schulman

Brian Swann is a magnificent poet. His new book, In Late Light, is striking for its largeness. He discovers universal truths in a bird’s call, or in a remembered family scene, and he makes us perceive them as well. His style is lyrical, passionate yet restrained, immensely knowledgeable and yet attuned to common speech and always revelatory of the human heart.

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