By William Logan
The moody poems in Madame X, the author’s 10th assortment, locate their matters within the byways of the earlier centuries. Henry James visits his birthplace, the main appealing lady in Europe results in a barrel at a enjoyable reasonable, and a minor author succumbs to tuberculosis at a German spa. within the identify poem, the portrait of Madame X deals our century a lesson in seduction; yet such public indicates are balanced by way of poems of non-public hope, of whispers, of age, of the current constantly vanishing prior to us. those densely figured poems, wealthy in language and appointment, argue for a data no longer sustained through the standard. this can be a victorious number of shimmering intensities and difficult truths.
nationwide ebook Critics Circle Award winner William Logan is without doubt one of the such a lot technically proficient poets of his iteration; his paintings has often elicited comparability to W. H. Auden and Robert Lowell, and has been known as wonderful, ambitious, passionate, and cranky. Donald corridor has written of him that “he writes like an angel–an based, literary angel,” and Sven Birkerts has commented that “he is just like the eel within the well–a purifying agent.” This new quantity of fifty-four poems monitors Logan’s trademark refinement and classicism.
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