Friday, July 14, 2017

Lay Back the Darkness

TitleLay Back the Darkness
AuthorEdward Hirsch
Call NumberPS3558.I64 L39 2004
Location2nd Floor Humanities
RatingSomewhat Recommended
Book ReviewHirsch handles his themes as elegantly as he does his lines. There’s passion and momentum by a deft, graceful hand. The poems are engaging and complex, however; the beauty and complexity tended to keep me at the feeling of an arm’s distance. The vulnerability was certainly there, particularly as the speaker goes into the relationship with his father and religion, though said vulnerability seemed shadowed, or rather, skillfully scaffolder by artful craft. It was an interesting experience having something revealed, and gone (but not forever) with the turning of a corner, to appear around another corner, when you might not expect it. Stand out poems include “Dates,” “Self-Portrait as Eurydice, III,” and “The Widening Sky.”
Submitted ByDavid Krausman
Department or MajorWilkinson College

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