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The Secret Room

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James Laughlin, poet and publisher, is known in Italy as Il Catullo americano, the American Catullus. Like the Latin poet whom Laughlin has long called his master, the subject at the heart of his work remains "love/...& the lack of love, /which is what makes evil, " but seen now from the wry, often poignant perspective of old age. In his newest collection, The Secret ...more
Paperback, 184 pages
Published April 1st 1997 by New Directions Publishing Corporation
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May 29, 2011 Vasha7 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
So I'm an old fogey; I really like most of these cultured, intellectual poems. True, I'm not sure about Laughlin's prosy metrics, but not all of the poems are that way -- "Do You Know (Sais-tu)" is musical in both English and French. His responses to the Greeks and Romans are the kind I can relate to; he quotes languages I can read; he studies Sanskrit verse, culture, and metaphysics, which I don't think I ever will, but I like observing. And I'm not offended by the erotic poems even though ...more
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Jan 31, 2013 Elizabeth-anne Kim rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite poetry books ever. The meter isn't quite perfect, and it doesn't have the sophistication of Merrill or Jones (through whom I discovered him), but he has an everyday beauty and a surprisingly earthy sweetness that makes me contemplate the body/soul duality with every reading.
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James Laughlin was an American poet and literary book publisher who founded New Directions Publishing.

One of Laughlin's most anthologized works is "Step on His Head", a poem about his relationship with his children.
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