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The simultaneous publication of Hollander's latest work and his selected poems invites both a comparison and an appraisal of his career. The poet himself seems to be summing up his work and life; the subtext of Tesserae , sometimes buried under layers of form and allusion, is death. Hollander began as a formal poet, and has remained one, Audenesque in many respects. And while current poetic trends call for a structural looseness and emotional pitch that can be every bit as confining as formalism ever was, much of Hollander's power seems to have ebbed. A good formal poem binds the energy within it in productive, restless tension, as exemplified in his "Late August on the Lido," a kind of Death in Venice in verse; here, Hollander shows that the power of experience can be enhanced by the form which recasts it. So also the frank and sometimes bitter eroticism of "Sonnets for Roseblush," which shows how much room there is in form, if one is willing to push back. But the danger of formalism is that a poet can spend too much time just bouncing the ball off the backstop, and the peril of erudition like Hollander's is a gradual avoidance of the unknown. In Tesserae , a series of freestanding quatrains, form seems to have overwhelmed content, and the images are often remote from reality. It is hard to conceive of a "laureate earth" which "hums elegies and lies about each life," still more so "bookish snow," and "the lively poison / Of interestingness." Increasingly, Hollander's poems resort to inversion, polysyllabic rhymes and the accents of another age, though some recover the facility and eloquence of his earlier work: "The self-sustaining ardor of a bright / Candle-flame, steady in this windless night, / Reflected in its tiny cup of oil: / It draws from its own image heat and light."
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About The House
Adam's Task
Aristotle To Phyllis; For Rogers Albritton
Asylum Avenue
At The New Year
August Carving (from Blue Wine)
Being Alone In The Field
The Bird
Blue Wine (from Blue Wine)
The Boat
Breadth. Circle. Desert. Monarch. Month. Wisdom
Building A Tower
Cohen On The Telephone
Crocus Solus
The Dancing Shadows
Digging It Out
End Of A Chapter
Examples
Figures Of Speech. Figures Of Thought. Figures Of Earth ...
Fireworks
For Both Of You, The Divorce Being Final
From The Ramble
Glass Landscape
Granny Smith
The Great Bear
The Head Of The Bed
Helicon
His Master's Voice
Hobbes, 1651
A House In The Tropics
Humming
In Place Of Body
In Place Of Place
Keepsakes
Kinneret
Kranich And Bach
The Lady's-maid Song
Late August On The Lido
Letter To Jorge Luis Borges: Apropos Of The Golem
A Lion Named Passion
The Mad Potter
Memories Of The Grand Tour
Mount Blank
Movie-going
The Muse In The Monkey Tower
A New Leaf
The Night Mirror
The Ninth Of Ab
The Ninth Of July
Not Something For Nothing
Off Marblehead
Officer's Quarters
The Old Pier-glass
Over The Hills And Far Away
Patches Of Light Like Shadows Of Something
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The Problem Of Pain
Race Rock Light
Rotation Of Crops
A Season In Hellas
The Shades
Some Of The Parts (from Blue Wine)
Something Wrong Down At The Pond
Sonnets For Roseblush (from Town And Country Matters)
Spectral Emanations: After An Old Text
Spectral Emanations: Blue
Spectral Emanations: Collected Novels
Spectral Emanations: Departed Indigo
Spectral Emanations: Green
Spectral Emanations: Looking East On Twelfth Street
Spectral Emanations: Nocturne
Spectral Emanations: On The Calendar
Spectral Emanations: Orange
Spectral Emanations: Prologue - The Way To The Throne Room
Spectral Emanations: Red
Spectral Emanations: The Angler's Story
Spectral Emanations: The Lady Of The Castle
Spectral Emanations: Violet
Spectral Emanations: Yellow
Sunday Evenings
Tales Told Of The Fathers
A Theory Of Waves
Under Cancer
Under Capricorn
A View Of The Ruins
Waiting
The Way We Walk Now
A Week In The Country
West End Blues
The Will
The Ziz
-- Table of Poems from Poem Finder®

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