Title: The Late Romances: Poems
Book Condition: New
Publisher: Knopf March 1997
0679454543 / 9780679454540
Seller ID: 20070607106780
In the first poem of this exhilarating collection, ''Confession on the Island,'' Pankey reveals the aesthetic tension that creates his book's power: ''Romance conceals a dark tragedy/Played out long before the play begins.'' Pankey's virtuosic command of music gives a glittering surface sheen to the dark undertows that wait beneath the words and within the silences. In Pankey's work, one feels the battle between the beautiful order of music and the harrowing disorder of doubt. Pankey's poems inherit the best of Hopkins and Stevens--a rhythmic, religious mind praising the powers of human imagination, yet constantly questioning its limits. While Pankey's vision allows for both faith and terror, where ''Grace, like a scythe, cuts what it cradles,'' his ultimate trust in God's beautiful abundance fills his poems with bright particulars from a loved, tended-to world and celebrates the belief that ''If God is a word, then words sally us forth.''