Now That My Father Lies Down Beside Me: New and Selected Poems, 1970-2000
Thirty years of visionary verse from one of America's most memorable lyric poets.From the pastoral to the familial, from the mundane to the transcendent, Now That My Father Lies Down Beside Me: New and Selected Poems, 1970-2000 is a musical, multifaceted, and deeply moving series of poems, presenting a panoramic view of Plumly's three decades of poetic inquiry.
Paperback, 176 pages
Published December 4th 2001 by Ecco
(first published 2000)
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Here's the deal with the three stars: Plumly is, obviously, a poet of immense talent. However, I have a hard time with the pastoral aesthetic. I found myself feeling frustrated with the bird poems. I'd say to myself, "oh, god, not another bird poem." To be fair, he does some wonderful and unexpected things with some of the bird poems--I loved the notion of the souls of suicides reborn as birds. There are a lot of landscape/rurally themed poems, too, which I tend to have difficulty engaging with....more
On May 23, 1939, Stanley Plumly was born to Herman and Esther Plumly in Barnesville, Ohio. Following Stanley's birth, the family moved from farm work to carpentry jobs and back to farm work in Virginia and Ohio. Plumly graduated from Wilmington College, a small work-study school in Ohio, in 1962. While he was in college, his writing talents were recognized and encouraged by the playwright-poet-tea...moreMore about Stanley Plumly...