In this collection of new and selected poems, Stanley Plumly moves from the pastoral to the familial, from the mundane to the transcendent. Melodic and firmly rooted in nature, Plumly's Now That My Father Lies Down Beside Me: New and Selected Poems 1970-2000 deepens and sharpens the themes of his work. The result is a musical, multifaceted, and deeply moving series of poems-a panoramic view of thirty years of poetic inquiry.With lapidary precision Plumly surveys the range of human emotion and experience. Translating the world around us into a language exquisitely attuned to the poignance of the everyday, Plumly confronts grief and joy in half-remembered dreams, the elusive beauty of the past, and the richness and wonder of the present. Whether examining the elaborate courtship of a cluster of redwings, the ineffable pleasure of childhood naps, the Jewish cemetery in Prague, or the death of his father, Plumly exhibits the mastery of a poet at the height of his lyric powers.Plumly dares to examine time-honored objects of beauty in unexpected ways that challenge poetic expectations. What he discovers in these images has made him one of our strongest and most memorable lyricists and places his work within an American tradition that began with Emerson and the best of the transcendentalists. This collection, his most comprehensive to date, exemplifies the American lyric at its finest.
Literature-Fiction, Poetry, American,