William Logan The Whispering Gallery

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The Whispering Gallery

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The poems here delve into what William Logan calls the “ill-lit kingdom of the past.” The book is haunted by the dead but equally penitent toward the rich insinuations of the living: the lost floral paradise of the Florida outlands, the steamy Gatsby summers of a Long Island childhood, the frozen stones of a colonial burying ground. This new collection of seventy-two poems will allow readers to delight in the richness of Logan’s language and the boldness of his vision.

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William Logan is the author of five collections of poems, a book of criticism, and a book of essays on poets and poetry. He has won the Peter I. B. Lavan Younger Poets Award from The Academy of American Poets and has received the Citation for Excellence in Reviewing from the National Book Critics Circle. He teaches at the University of Florida, where he is alumni professor of English.

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Known for his expertly witty reviews as well as for his technically accomplished verse, Logan (Vain Empires) considers landscapes, recollections and historical events from Britain, Italy, New England and the American South in this thoughtful if sometimes derivative seventh collection. Failed Florida real estate ventures receive their just deserts in inventive identical rhyme ("lot" rhymes with the biblical "Lot," "like regret" with "every egret"); prairie dwellers find themselves "condemned to Paradise," and visitors in Venice "breathe the dust of a past we soon become." In quatrains, in nonce forms and in "Penitence"—a set of 26 linked poems (each one 19 lines of blank verse)—Logan conveys often bitter, but always intelligent, observations about collapsing marriages, disappointed travelers and the fate of the Western world. He does so, however, by hewing close to his models. The disjointed aphorisms of "Penitence" sound very much like Robert Lowell's late sonnets, the landscape poetry like the earlier Lowell. The rhyming poems have learned much, perhaps too much, from Derek Walcott. Nevertheless, Logan's one-liners demand to be quoted ("The sick know justice as a troubled dream"; "we live in an age of reasons, never reason") and his bracingly critical temperament and sharp technique easily suffice. (Oct.)
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