Falling Water: Poems

Falling Water: Poems

John Koethe


"As a poet who's a instructor of philosophy, John Koethe understands higher than such a lot folks the makes use of and dissatisfactions of either disciplines, if certainly they're disciplines. during this ravishing and haunted publication he comes head to head with the time whilst 'more than part my existence is gone,' and needs to attempt to locate the that means of 'a childish/dream of affection, after which the lack of love,/and the entire problematic years between.' As humorous and clean because it is tragic and undeceived, Falling Water ranks with Wallace Stevens' Auroras of Autumn as one of many profoundest meditations on lifestyles ever formulated by way of an American Poet."
—John Ashbery
"To describe with unpromising candor the internal lifetime of a guy adrift within the waning of the 20 th century is something, yet to do it and not using a shred of self-pity is one other. The poems of his new booklet, Falling Water, are like nobody else's. In them, even the main severe hard work of realization are reworked into the luminous measures of gorgeous speech."
—Mark Strand

"In this bold quantity, the tremendous poet who gave us The past due Wisconsin Spring strikes ever extra speedily and surefootedly into the inner most areas of self-invention: the earlier — few poets write extra correctly and painfully approximately that uncanny estranged position that by no means unearths its method out folks; the current, or concept of the current, as mere projection, and but a projection so poignantly, materially, tenderly touched it gleams with all its claustrophobic distances; and the future...'I want that point may possibly convey the long run again again/And permit me see issues as they used to appear to me/Before i discovered myself by myself, in an emancipated state—/Alone and loose and filled...' With its low-key clean verse, its it seems that informal demeanour of speech, its digressions, asides, reminiscences — with all its taking its time — this can be a poetry of remarkable undertow, all proximity of idea, singularity of contemplation, protest, pretext, mirrored image — all disenchantment after which, by surprise, blazing re-enchantment, with the newly, lovingly, seen-through real."
—Jorie Graham

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