The Secret Meaning of Things: Poetry
ISBN: 0811200450
EAN13: 9780811200455
Language: English
Pages: 60
Format: Paperback

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The Secret Meaning of Things has all the elements of his earlier poetry: lyrical intensity, wit, social concern, satirical bite, and above all a classical claritas. But it goes much further: there is a deepening of vision and a darker understanding of our clay condition. The six long poems in The Secret Meaning of Things show a progressive continuity and clarity of perception that apprehends both the hard reality and luminous irreality in everyday phenomena. In Assassination Raga--on the death of Robert Kennedy--the glass through which the poet sees darkly is the television screen; the poem was first read on the night of RFK's funeral at a mass memorial in San Francisco. Bickford's Buddha is a meditation on Observation Fever in Harvard Square, while All Too Clearly finds a touch of old surrealism/at a stoplight in La Jolla. Through the Looking Glass begins with an actual flight aboard a commercial airliner and moves through a psychedelic vision to a final flash of the Dance of Shiva, which in turn opens out into the worldview of After the Cries of Birds. Moscow in the Wilderness, Segovia in the Snow comes out of Ferlinghetti's travels to Moscow and across the steppes in the winter of 1967.
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From the Back Cover These poems show a progressive continuity and clarity of perception that apprehends both the hard reality and luminous irreality in everyday phenomena.

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