Dark Harbor

Dark Harbor The poems in this book are easily recognizable as the work of one of our most interesting and influential poets but there is an extra dimension justifying a claim for the whole as a unified poem Each

  • Title: Dark Harbor
  • Author: Mark Strand
  • ISBN: 9780679752790
  • Page: 230
  • Format: Paperback
  • The poems in this book are easily recognizable as the work of one of our most interesting and influential poets, but there is an extra dimension justifying a claim for the whole as a unified poem Each of the forty five sections plays against the others, and although wide ranging and with many moods and changes of tone, Dark Harbor is all of a piece.

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    1. This book is cosmic in its scope, but lyric in its sensibility. It is a numbered (not named) sequence of related poems, but I would call it narrative only in the sense that it creates its own world. This is a poetic version of the real world. It's not exactly an allegory, although some individual poems are allegorical.The span seems to be that of a human lifetime; it's a book about aging, not about being young, and it's more about pain and loss than about happiness, though there is some happines [...]

    2. This collection of poems by former poet laureate Mark Strand is by turns dark and brooding, moving and inspirational. Though each of the 45 poems stands alone, they weave together into a rich narrative of love, loss, friendship, and the choices we make that change our lives forever. Running through all the poems is the imagery of Strand's dark harbor, which serves as a metaphor for the surging and ever-changing flow of life. Strand's masterful lyricism is everywhere apparent, and a testament to [...]

    3. A long poem, abstract enough to keep me from attempting to decypher the meaning on each page. I did sense an emotional resonance with some of the lines that touched on the melancholia associated with aging and losing one's youthful lust and luster. I learned of this book of poetry from a tribute to Strand's birthday (04/11/1934) on Garrison Keilor's Writer's Almanac.

    4. The titular harbor reached by the volume's end is not quite as dark as the journey our perplexed pilgrim takes to arrive there. It is also luminous, unsettling, resigned, and yet aching with hope--a place of community, after the end of time. A beautiful, rueful, searing book that was much richer on my second reading than I remembered.

    5. My good fried Steven gave me this book for my birthday. I find Strand's lyrical tone to be simultaneously delightul and uncanny.

    6. Aptly named--it's very dark. But Strand's writing (concise images and impeccable line breaks)makes it worth the downer.

    7. Half-way through this book, I bought another copy. One to keep in the vault and the other to make love to.

    8. AMAZING. The more Strand I read, the more stunned I am. He tackles everything in this one long poem. I'll return to it again and again, I'm sure.

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