Title: Words Before Dawn: Poems
Binding: Paper Back
Book Condition: New
Publisher: Louisiana State University Press October 2012
0807144819 / 9780807144817
Seller ID: 100886
Varied and accessible, William Wenthe's third collection begins in the domestic realm, then moves outward in subject and place to a bird market in Paris, the Jaffa Gate in Old Jerusalem, the Chain Bridge in Budapest before returning to the familial. The poet recalls his own cherished experiences of fatherhood, rocking his infant daughter in the early morning, lying with her outside on a pink flannel sheet, and watching her joyous reaction to the sight of roses. Actively engaged in the artist s struggle to represent reality, Wenthe draws attention to the particular, to moments and events that seem to exist beyond thoughts and words. In "Uhte," Wenthe reflects on the Old English name for "the hour before dawn": "that word / has haunted me wondering how that hour / had first called forth a need / to be distinguished by a sound." In well-crafted free verse, traditional meter and rhyme, prose poems, and nonce forms, Wenthe meditates on family, language, art, history, and the natural world, always striving to find words that might measure up to the richness of experience.