Flight Among the Tombs: Poems
Divided into two parts, this new book contains a collaboration with the artist Leonard Baskin called "Presumptions of Death, " reproducing 22 masterly wood engravings and all of Hecht's other poems written since his last book, The Transparent Man.
Paperback, 88 pages
Published January 12th 1998 by Knopf
(first published November 5th 1996)
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Flight Among the Tombs is not in the same league as Hecht's earlier collection, The Hard Hours, though I should probably tack on an extra star for Leonard Baskin's fantastic wood engravings which accompany the poems in the collection's first section. Flight Among the Tombs is intended as an updated Danse Macabre, with poems representing Death in a number of guises. Problem is, I found some of these "updated" guises dated (as was the case with Death, "The Mexican Revolutionary," which had me reca...more