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Uproar: Antiphonies to Psalms
In this book of homemade psalms, Brooks Haxton brings the poetry of the original psalmists, their awe and their music, into our world of jet planes and space travel, automatic rifles and suburban pleasures. As he writes in his preface, “I take psalms less as doctrine than as outcries, and I cry back in these poems from whatever vantage I can find.” The result is lucid, tou ...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published March 14th 2006 by Knopf
(first published April 13th 2004)
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This book's premise and thematic trajectory are very appealing. And there are a handful of fine poems. But I'll admit: I was disappointed. The "poems" often read like thoughts broken into lines. Many of the entries in the "Notes" section are longer than the actual poems (a counter-productive tactic, I think) and take away—or rather place elsewhere—the energy that should be on the page within the poem. Haxton is no doubt astute—he teaches at Syracuse and Warren Wilson and does a good bit of trans ...more