Winner of the 2013 L. E. Phillabaum Poetry Award In her ninth collection of poetry, Kelly Cherry explores the domain of language. Clear and accessible, the poems in The Life and Death of Poetry examine the intricacies and limitations of communication and its ability to help us transcend our world and lives. The poet begins with silence and animal sound before taking on litWinner of the 2013 L. E. Phillabaum Poetry Award In her ninth collection of poetry, Kelly Cherry explores the domain of language. Clear and accessible, the poems in The Life and Death of Poetry examine the intricacies and limitations of communication and its ability to help us transcend our world and lives. The poet begins with silence and animal sound before taking on literature, public discourse, and the particular art of poetry. The sequence "Welsh Table Talk" considers the unsaid, or unsayable, as a man, his daughter, and his daughter's friend sojourn on Bardsey Island in Wales with the father's female companion. The innocence and playful chatter of the children throw into sharp relief a desolate landscape and failed communication between the adults. In the book's final section, Cherry considers translation, great art's grand sublimity, and the relation of poetry-the divine tongue-to the everyday world. Witty, poignant, wise, and joyous, The Life and Death of Poetry offers a masterful new collection from an accomplished poet....
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The Life and Death of Poetry: Poems Reviews
This is Ms Cherry's latest in a long series of fine books of poems. Shrewd, resonant, affecting, and knows the textures of the world and writes equally well about moments of vision and joy or confrontations with disappointment. She is an essential poet--in both senses.
A thought provoking collection about poetry, the writing life, and the writer's inner life.
Lately, when I read poetry collections, I hesitate to give star ratings. It feels so... pretentious, taking an art form and assigning it some sort of grade. Yes, I did like these poems; 4 stars. It has a great beat and you can dance to it.I wish I had a poetry aficionado walking me through these poems, teaching me historical context and opening my mind to all the other elements pressing in. Whenever I don't quite understand an author's work, that's what I need: those scholars or artists (or both) showing me how this came to be and how it can be related to other works of its time. Where do the pieces fall, and do they even fit together? If anyone could point me in a direction, that'd be wonderful.The scholarly part of me aside, I'm going to give this collection another go at some point.
I gave this a quick read. I actually gave it a rating of PI (3.14159) for my local reading club. The fraction is because I think this author deserves another read looking at the overall book as a work rather than the initial impression of the poems.
reviewed by America magazine