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Supernatural Love: Poems 1976-1992 Paperback – October 16, 2000
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“[Schnackenberg] submits the claims of aesthetic form to a searing interrogation . . . a visionary encounter with 'the source of poetry.'” ―Rosanna Warren, The New Republic
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In the words of Auden: In the eyes of every author,/ His past work falls into four classes:/ First, pure rubbish he regrets/ Ever having given bother/ To conceive. Second, mixed masses-/ For him, most painful - mongrel pets/ Of good ideas which impatience,/ Incompetency brought to nil/ (Fair notions fatally injured). Third,/ Lacking importance par creations:/ These three, bulk of the oeuvre which skill/ Plied. Fourth, poems worth the warmest word/ Of honest gratefulness from him,/ In volume depressingly slim.
Gjertrud's collection has few of Auden's first three classes. The best verse is the epitome of organizational skill in bringing together meaningful, moving elements into a whole greater than the sum of its parts that 'arrives', 'fulfills' and reaches the reader in a memorable way. Like all good poets, she attempts to amplify what she sees and experiences by probing for correspondences that relate dissimilarities. Through rhymed communication, she invites inquirers to share her discoveries and reveries. Poetic worth is never dependent on sheer quantity, contrary to what Stalin once said about the quality of his armed forces arrayed against Hitler ('quantity has a quality all its own'); Poetic value depends on importance,interest, stimulability, and depth of exploration. Too much poetry published these days is a pretty pond a mile wide and an inch deep. Gjertrud invites us to probe the depths off shore while heading to the surface for appropriate breathing stops.Read more ›
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Supernatural Love is a collection of poems, or rather a collection of three previous books: Portraits and Elegies, The Lamplit Answer, and A Gilded Lapse of Time. Read morePublished on December 26, 2006 by Travis Everett
For me the best of the three books collected in Supernatural Love was her middle book, The Lamplit Answer, from 1985. Read morePublished on September 7, 2006 by Anna Evans