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Deception Island : Selected Early Poems, 1974-1999, Paperback / softback Book

Deception Island : Selected Early Poems, 1974-1999 Paperback / softback

Part of the Salt Modern Poets series


William Logan's poetry has been called elegant, difficult, cranky, formidable, dazzling, intoxicating, and ominous.

For almost forty years, he has published poems that do not fit comfortably with the work of most of his contemporaries, and perhaps do not want to fit at all.

The poems in Deception Island, a selection from his first five books, find their souls in the soullessness of modern life - if he looks upon the present with a withering eye, he sees the roots of later darkness in the early sins of culture.

He might be called a moral poet, if he were not so suspicious of the certainties of morality.

Nonetheless, he takes a resistant pleasure in the Byzantine contrivance of Venice, in the empty vision of the American west, and in the romantic longing of British landscape.

He is equally at home in the privileges of free verse and in the older metrical line, sometimes roughened into sensibility, and rarely heard now with such command or control.

Logan has an impeccable ear, a darkening view, and a belief that the poet's job is to work in language, to do things with words, without attempting to persuade or forgive.

In his poems, the echoes of Lowell, Auden, and other modern masters can sometimes be heard; but he has fused his influences into a poetic line that is personal in the private wrestling with language that the poet must accept as his task.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 148 pages, No
  • Publisher: Salt Publishing
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  • Category: Poetry by individual poets
  • ISBN: 9781844717170



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