This volume of Alvin Feinman's poems presents a highly praised earlier work,Preambles and Other Poems, combined with more recent poems. OfPreamblesAlan Tate wrote, "This is a remarkable first book. . . . there is an acute and subtle sensibility at work. 'Pilgrim Heights' is one of the best poems by an American that I have seen in many years.' ".
From "Pilgrim Heights"
Something, something, the heart here Misses, something it knows it needs Unable to bless--the wind passes; A swifter shadow sweeps the reeds, The heart a colder contrast brushes.
So this fool, face-forward, belly Pressed among the rushes, plays out His pulse to the dune's long slant Down from blue to bluer element, The bold encompassing drink of air
And namelessness, a length compound Of want and oneness the shore's mumbling Distantly tells--something a wing's Dry pivot stresses, carved Through barrens of stillness and glare.
Originally published in 1990.
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Subjects: Language & Literature
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