|About the Book|
Poetry. With elegiac elan, Saul Bennett grapples with the death of a child. Through a deft use of repetition and a lilt in the language that offsets these often somber meditations, he avoids sentimentality and creates powerfully wrought poems. Bennett creates a unique idiom...with relentless phrases which pull you through the poems, which refuse to let you go. A Bennett poem is uniquely his. And yet it also shows the fingerprints of a tradition -- the work of e.e. cummings, Gerard Manley Hopkins, William Carlos Williams, even John Donne. Like all great poetry, they connect with something larger - The Christian Century. The author of NEW FIELDS AND OTHER STONES/ON A CHILDS DEATH (also available from SPD), Bennett continues his search for redemption in this new volume, ending with a benediction.