By Brad Leithauser
From certainly one of our such a lot universally prominent poets: a beneficiant choice from his 5 acclaimed books of poetry, and an excellent workforce of recent poems.
From the outset, Brad Leithauser has displayed a venturesome flavor for quirky styles, cutting edge designs sprung free from conventional types. In The Oldest notice for sunrise, we stumble upon a sonnet in one-syllable strains (“Post-Coitum Tristesse”), a clanging rhyme-mad tribute to the song of Tin Pan Alley (“A stable List”), elaborate buried rhyme schemes (“In Minako Wada’s House”), autobiography spun via parodies of Frost and Keats and Omar Khayyám (“Two summer season Jobs”).
In a brand new poem, “Earlier,” the poet investigates one of those paradox: what's the oldest notice for dawn in any language? The pursuit finally descends into the roots of speech, the genesis of paintings. “Earlier” is a part of a series dedicated to prehistoric subject matters: the cave work of Altamira, the disappearance of the Neanderthals, the poet’s trip along with his teenage daughter to excavate a triceratops skeleton in Montana . . .
the writer of six novels besides, Leithauser no longer strangely brings to his verse an inherent ability for compelling narrative: a fateful romantic come across on a streetcar (“1944: pink Heart”); the enchanting arrival of tv in a quiet Detroit local (“Not Lunar Exactly”); boys heedlessly, joyfully bidding everlasting farewell to a liked sister (“Emigrant’s Story”).
The Oldest be aware for Dawn unearths Brad Leithauser as a poet of surpassing tenderness and exactitude, a poet whose paintings, at sixty, fulfills the promise famous by means of James Merrill at the book of his first booklet: “The observations glisten, the sentiments ring precise. those poems via a tender, unostentatious craftsman are made to anything very similar to perfection. nobody may still omit them.”
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The Oldest Word for Dawn: New and Selected Poems by Brad Leithauser