By Gregory Orr
"The center of Orr's poetry, now as ever, is the enigmatic snapshot . . . mystical, carnal, reflective, wry."--"San Francisco Review"
This book-length series of ecstatic, visionary lyrics recollects Rumi in its look for the cherished and its passionate trust within the therapeutic features of artwork and beauty.
"Concerning the booklet that's the physique of the Beloved" is an incantatory social gathering of the "Book," an imaginary and self-gathering anthology of all of the lyrics--both poems and songs--ever written. each one poem highlights a different point of the human , and jointly the poems discover love, loss, recovery, the great thing about the area, the great thing about the liked, and the secret of poetry. the aim and gear of the ebook is to aid us stay via reconnecting us to the realm and to our emotional lives.
"I positioned the beloved
In a wood coffin.
the fireplace ate his body;
The flames wolfed her.
I positioned the beloved
In a poem or song.
Tucked it between
pages of the Book.
How shiny the flames.
All of me burning,
All of me on fire
And nonetheless whole."
There is not anything really like this book--an "active anthology" within the top sense--where members locate the poems and songs that would maintain them. Or the poems locate them.
Gregory Orr is the writer of 8 books of poetry, 4 volumes of feedback, and a memoir. He has acquired quite a few awards for his paintings, such a lot lately the Academy Award in Literature from the yank Academy of Arts and Letters. Orr has taught on the college of Virginia on account that 1975 and was once, for a few years, the poetry editor of "The Virginia Quarterly Review." He lives together with his relations in Charlottesville, Virginia.
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Table for One She enters the diner, a book in her purse; sits down, opens a menu. Tongues on her sneakers twist like the urge to flee. She steals a glance at her wrist, watch-face ticking in circles; notices that the table has a head, a chair with a back and arms to rest her elbows on. To knuckle her spine against the chair’s ladder of slats comforts her with some frame of reference. Carnations nod in a vase. She fingers the blown glass, its slender neck, the wet crystal lip and the room begins to hum 19 .
She fingers the blown glass, its slender neck, the wet crystal lip and the room begins to hum 19 . 20 Qualities of Light The open-mouthed jar fills with light and brittle shadows. The lid is a tight fit— but this isn’t about escape, it’s about absence: bulbs blowing out, wings folding in on a lack. What I need is the stunned buzz of resurrection—lightning bugs stranded on cracked glass gravel, garden hose spraying small skeletons back to life, their sudden loft into night-blind air. The blinking ribbon’s loop through backyard woods only half-illuminates the trees.
The move Thither to Yon implies a stretch of homelessness. Against the horizon, words spread out like a migration of wings on rivers reflecting mountains. We’d never have gone if we’d known we’d end up where we started. 22 Hindsight The thing about it is its size. It’s smaller, and your sister is there on the other side of the screen, waiting to be told goodbye. It’s not as if you could hop on your bike and rush back to hug her, although that might enlarge the moment. Instead, the memory keeps shrinking, blinking off and on like fireflies she used to catch in a jar.
Concerning the Book That Is the Body of the Beloved by Gregory Orr