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Azores: Poems

3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  16 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Like a voyage to the Portuguese islands of the title, the poems in Azores arrive at their striking and hard-won destinations over the often-treacherous waters of experience—a man mourns the fact that he cannot not mourn, a father warns his daughter about harsh contingency, an unnamed visitor violently disrupts a quiet domestic scene. The ever-present and uncomfortable real ...more
Paperback, 56 pages
Published April 8th 2008 by Swallow Press (first published 2008)
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At times in his career, Yezzi has shown himself to be a clear-eyed master of verse. There are lines from his sonnet sequence "Flatirons" (in *Birds of the Air*) that worked their way beneath my skin after one casual reading, for example, and I wonder how many other living poets would be capable of treating rock climbing and the sublime with such measured grace. He shows no inclination towards being a wild, Whitmanic figure, and I respect that position. I respect his dedication to the 'work' of e ...more
Yezzi is editor of the New Criterion, and deserves that honor. He's skilled at nuance, which matters most, AND he has a musical ear, something that is often absent in 21st century poetry. Listen:

Who bothers to look for what's not lost?
Some morning, on the bus,
we'll pass this very street marbled in frost
and spin around to catch a glimpse of us
crossing with the children to the park....

Get the book, go read!

Diann Blakely
And yet I'm still waiting for the publication of Yezzi's monumental "Tomorrow and Tomorrow." In the meantime, others interested in the poetry and prose of his daring and dazzling intellect should look on the BEST AMERICAN POETRY b-site or for the essay he wrote on the dramatic element too often missing from contemporary poetry, which was picked up by POETRY DAILY.
Jul 30, 2010 Liam rated it 4 of 5 stars
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These were okay, filling in my long list of books of morbid poetry. I like the one where he sort of feels remorse for not mourning his dead dad.
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