William Bronk: Selected Poems

William Bronk: Selected Poems

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Author: William Bronk 

Publisher: New Directions (1995)

In 1982 William Bronk won the American Book Award for his book Life Supports: New & Collected Poems. Since then, he has written seven additional books, and Sagetrieb has devoted an entire issue to his work. Bronk is unquestionably a major poet—utterly original, uncompromisingly abstract in content, and deeply sensuous in form. Michael Heller, in The New York Times Book Review, said Bronk’s poetry is “singularly persistent in its own investigation of how our deepest truths are those which are most unsayable.” This volume spans Bronk’s entire career, from his first book Light and Dark, to his most recent Some Words and The Mild Day (Talisman), which the Village Voice praised as “offering epigrammatic style, philosophical reverie, and haiku-like concision.” Selected Poems is an indispensable collection, containing the most compelling and the most popular of Bronk’s eloquent poems.

"They are poems I would like to have written, which I say without envy, as one does in the face of transient perfection."

–Hayden Carruth