Descartes' Loneliness

Descartes Loneliness Allen Grossman s newest work Descartes Loneliness blends the comic and tragic As the writer Ha Jin once wrote it is remarkable for the stout spirit of the speaker who dares to be funny while tackling

  • Title: Descartes' Loneliness
  • Author: Allen Grossman
  • ISBN: 9780811217118
  • Page: 488
  • Format: Paperback
  • Allen Grossman s newest work Descartes Loneliness blends the comic and tragic As the writer Ha Jin once wrote, it is remarkable for the stout spirit of the speaker who dares to be funny while tackling such an austere subject as death Poems such as The Famished Dead, where the poet is visited by lost loved ones, one at a time, confirm Jorie Graham s observation thaAllen Grossman s newest work Descartes Loneliness blends the comic and tragic As the writer Ha Jin once wrote, it is remarkable for the stout spirit of the speaker who dares to be funny while tackling such an austere subject as death Poems such as The Famished Dead, where the poet is visited by lost loved ones, one at a time, confirm Jorie Graham s observation that from the bottom reaches of the underworld, to the elevations from which one need cry to be heard Grossman invents such peace as Poetry can invent.

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    1. I am in love with the poem, "How the Cathedral Fell"! Seriously. I'm also fascinated with the role every poem plays in the speaker's pursuit to understand being. As in, where does being begin? Does it start in nature? How do people start in and participate in nature? And where is the divinity in this?

    2. I was introduced to this book by a stimulating discussion of "My Radiant Eye" on PoemTalk, Episode 96 (jacket2/podcasts/laurel-cr). I recommend the episode and Grossman.

    3. A lot of rambling and strange tangents. In an intelligent way, but that doesn't necessarily make for poetry worth reading. There is one piece from a photo prompt, which is included. Decent photo, but it kind of seems out of place in this collection.I found the following segments worth noting:The last time I met my old girlfriend,Emunah (the name means "faith")was in a Jerusalem supermarket.She'd married an archivist, one ofthe twin sons of Schocken, the publisher.She doesn't know her husband's n [...]

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