When the Saints
Author: John Taggart
Publisher: Talisman House (1999)
John Taggart's When the Saints is a major long poem dedicated to the memory of his friend, the sculptor Bradford Graves (1939–1998). Taggart, whose writing was long ago recognized by such peers as Robert Duncan and George Oppen, brings to the work a musical precision. As in music, Taggart allows his work to circle through repeated phrases, but he always returns to the eloquence extracted from single, simple, hard-won statements.