The lyric poems of In Beauty Bright, although marked by the same passion and swiftness as Gerald Stern's previous work, move into an area of knowledge-even wisdom-that reflects a long life of writing, teaching, and activism.
They are poems of grief and anger, but the music is delicate and moving. from "In Beauty Bright": In beauty-bright and such it was like Blake's lily and though an angel he looked absurd dragging a lily out of a beauty-bright store wrapped in tissue with a petal drooping, nor was it useless-you who know it know how useful it is-and how he would be dead in a minute if he were to lose it though how do you lose a lily?
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 128 pages
- Publisher: WW Norton & Co
- Publication Date: 07/04/2014
- Category: Poetry by individual poets
- ISBN: 9780393348941