Reality inheres in particulars, of course,
but the problem is so many seem to buzz
around us, flash and fade, how can we know
which hold a decent quotient of the world,
enough to satisfy our wish to find
some intimations of the life to come?
That tr [...]
The old dog, some kind of mongrel, strayed into the town of Clarks Green on a hot Sunday morning in August when nearly everybody was asleep except the children. With its black fur in rattails and its eyes thick with mucus, it did not look well as i [...]
Diaries: 1918—1939. By Thomas Mann. Harry N. Abrams. $29. 95.
As a genre, the diary is by its very nature rooted in paradox. The form pretends to absolute honesty, supposedly representing the author's soul laid bare. One of its other conventions [...]
The Poems of Stanley Kunitz: 1928—1978. Little, Brown. $12.50.
In this long-awaited book, we have in one volume the poems of Stanley Kunitz, a poet whose reputation will live securely in the compact elegance of this collection. As Kunitz admits [...]
Old Guernseys hover in the sun,
their brown sides hung from nape
to tailbone, a two-pole tent,
their legs like switches. Walking
in the meadow, we step over dung:
the dry flat discs, some wet with midges.
Daisies sputter in the heat
as we lie down, t [...]
The moon has lost a sock in that dark meadow,
and the wind's gone south. I sit here
in the silver pre-dawn sky, all soot and shadow,
hoarfrost gathering between my toes. I know
that nothing's ever lost or gone: it's here
today and here again tomorro [...]