The Late Romances

The Late Romances

by Eric Pankey


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Eros presides over the operatic spectacle of these poems, and Melancholia over their ravenous clarity. The tragic and comic dispute a border, a margin that divides death from resurrection, separation from reunion, renunciation from celebration, and the spirit from the body. The poems themselves are pilgrimages back and forth between Eden and this green world. This new collection more than confirms what David Baker in The Kenyon Review said in response to Pankey's last book: "He is outstanding among an emerging generation of talented and accomplished poets."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780679766056
Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/26/1999
Pages: 72
Product dimensions: 5.87(w) x 8.36(h) x 0.36(d)

About the Author

Eric Pankey was educated at the University of Missouri and the University of Iowa. His first book of poems, For the New Year, received the Academy of American Poets' Walt Whitman Award in 1984. His second book, Heartwood, was published in 1988 and his third, Apocrypha, in 1991. He has received grants from the Ingram Merrill Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. He lives in Fairfax, Virginia, where he teaches at George Mason University.

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Above the terra cotta roofs, swallows dart,
Stitching together the gathered dust of day.

At dawn, humidity hangs like a hive.
How surprised we are to find we live here,

Here within our bodies. The air, downswept,
Is fragrant: soot, sweat, spikes of lavender;

The unrestored light gold and aquamarine.
All is known and tenuous. Tenuous and known.

Bells. Then afterward, the quiet after bells.
Our bodies are not hidden, but revealed

Before the spirit of whom we are guests.
Revived, we hold each other and we rest.

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