Category Archives: Late 20th Century
What Light Can Do is the title of Robert Hass’s book of essays reflecting on poetry and landscape. In this post I pass the time waiting for a book to arrive with Hass. Continue reading
Two poets look at a disappearing landscape, from distant points in time. Continue reading
Two books published in 1952 and 1953 show the connections between Galicia and Wales, R.S. Thomas and Novoneyra. Continue reading
The poems are exquisite. The sensibility is fine. Basho is aware of his own importance. He puts quotations from other writers into his work and allows his own writing to enter into dialogue with poets of the past. He knows he is good enough to have a place in history. Basho has a lot of poet friends who are always happy to see him, so he must have been a good dinner guest. How is it, then, that he can behave like an arse?
I have two books in front of me, both of them strange in shape: Novoneyra’s Os Eidos and Jonathan Williams’s Blues&Roots. Os Eidos is squat. Its green spine calls to me from the bookshelf, an inch lower than its neighbours … Continue reading