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Selected Poems by William Bronk
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Nov 15, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: poetry-and-drama
Read in November, 2009

A great survey of Bronk's work. His poems are metaphysical in the best possible way- intelligent and curious about the biggest themes. There's not much of the 'I went to the store today and had an epiphany' style of thing here; Bronk is more interested in collective experiences, thoughts and worries. If you read the poems in chronological order, you can follow his changing attitude to our ability to know, our connection with a transcendent order, our joys and sufferings. He obviously thought at length in his poems, whether fleshing his ideas out in longer forms or making extremely dense, apothegmatic statements. My favorite of the latter:

Who's There

We need to separate ourselves from ourselves
to be ourselves. All that pain and power:
that isn't us. All that busyness,
the alienation and hate, those love affairs.

Can't wait to re-read this, or to pick up his Collected Poems instead, and get the full experience.

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