The Late Romances: Poems

By: ERIC PANKEY

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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.''

Title:: The Late Romances: Poems

Author:: ERIC PANKEY

Categories: Poetry,

Publisher: Knopf: March 1997

ISBN Number:: 0679454543

ISBN Number: 13: 9780679454540

Binding:: Hardcover

Book Condition:: New

Seller ID:: 20070607106780