poetry

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Grief and consolation

New Fields and Other Stories: On a Child's Death, by Saul Bennett

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Buried strangeness

Mayflies: New Poems and Translations, by Richard Wilbur

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The Poets' Jesus, by Peggy Rosenthal

Edwin Mims published The Christ of the Poets, an examination of images of Christ in English and American poetry, more than 50 years ago. The subject has not been touched by critics since that time, so Peggy Rosenthal's book, which attempts to fill in the gaps of a half century and also to reflect current multicultural interests, deserves special commendation.

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Words Alone: The Poet T. S. Eliot, by Denis Donoghue

Denis Donoghue describes his book as "partly a memoir, partly a study of Eliot's poetry." When the two parts come together his book moves with uncommon gracefulness.

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For Lovers of God Everywhere: Poems of the Christian Mystics

It’s almost a job requirement for poets: accept the fact of being far removed from mainstream artistic culture. We poets are happy—ecstatic, really—to cultivate a few hundred thoughtful readers, and we have developed a thick skin toward the widely repeated remark that more people today write poetry than read it.
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Sacramental Poetics at the Dawn of Secularism/The Eucharist

These two books have in common only the fact that they are concerned with the Eucharist; other than that they are written from very different perspectives and go in very different directions.