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"Ten Windows" by Jane Hirshfield
Hirshfield explores how poetry’s world-making takes place: word by charged word. By expanding what is imaginable and sayable, Hirshfield proposes, poems expand what is possible.
Nikos Stangos' poetry possesses the purity of Greek culture. It's a philosophical poetry, addressing the beautiful, the good and the true. The masterpiece of the collection is the last poem in the volume, Pure Reason, a poem Stangos dedicates to his lover famed novelist David Plante, also author of Becoming a Londoner, a Diary. Pure Reason is a love poem, its purity and simplicity heartrending. I highly recommend it to anyone who loves poetry. The companion piece to this poetry is David Plante's tribute to his lover Nikos, The Pure Lover, A Memoir of Grief, a stunning elegy, composed in prose but reads like poetry.
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