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The Darkening Trapeze: Last Poems By Larry Levis David St. John,

  • Title: The Darkening Trapeze: Last Poems
  • Author: Larry Levis David St. John
  • ISBN: 9781555977276
  • Page: 400
  • Format: Paperback
  • The empty bar that someone was supposed to swing to himDid not arrive, so his outstretched flesh itself became A darkening trapeze The two other acrobats were thieves from Elegy with a Darkening Trapeze Inside It The Darkening Trapeze collects the last poems by Larry Levis, written during the extraordinary blaze of his final years when his poetry expanded into tThe empty bar that someone was supposed to swing to himDid not arrive, so his outstretched flesh itself became A darkening trapeze The two other acrobats were thieves from Elegy with a Darkening Trapeze Inside It The Darkening Trapeze collects the last poems by Larry Levis, written during the extraordinary blaze of his final years when his poetry expanded into the ambitious operatic masterpieces he is known for Edited and with an afterword by David St John and published twenty years after Levis s death, this collection contains major unpublished works, including final elegies, brief lyrics, and a coda believed to be the last poem Levis wrote, a heart wrenching poem about his son The Darkening Trapeze is an astonishing collection by a poet many consider to be among the greatest of late twentieth century American poetry.
    The Darkening Trapeze Last Poems The empty bar that someone was supposed to swing to himDid not arrive so his outstretched flesh itself became A darkening trapeze The two other acrobats were thieves from Elegy with a Darkening Trape

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    1. Wonderful, powerful poems In truth, I know this is only a first, a preliminary reading of these poems which I ve already two or three times with each reading Very rich work.A wonderful Christmas present

    2. To get a glimpse into the work Larry never published some of these never finished , is to get a glimpse of the poet s mind at work spanning approximately the last 15 years of his writing some of these poems were dropped from the original version of Winter Stars, others were finished before his death , these poems represent Levis s work from when he was working at his highest level long, almost rambling meditations that engage the self and other, life and art, love and loss There are some weaker [...]

    3. Larry Levis is one of my favorite poets, but I waited a year to read this after purchasing it, partly because after I read it, there would be no Levis, and partly because I was afraid to read lesser poems of his after the stylistic and technical crescendo of The Widening Spell of the Leaves perhaps my favorite book of poetry and Elegy.If this were the only Levis I had ever read, I certainly would have given it four stars, but I ve read his books many times, and I can t help comparing The Darken [...]

    4. Originally published at the Hong Kong Review of Books Released this year, The Darkening Trapeze consists of the final unpublished poems after Levis s death 20 years ago David St John, a personal friend of Levis and an accomplished poet in his own right, has edited this posthumous collection and added the necessary context in his notes, forward and afterward As a result, this collection is tonally and stylistically consistent than most posthumous volumes of poetry Levis s work here seems to move [...]

    5. It took me months to get through this one Primarily because I wanted to prolong my ability to read new poems by Levis All in all, I loved it as I love everything that the man wrote in his lifetime Overall, though, it was a little uneven than his other collections, due of course to being less of a cohesively planned volume While I would much rather have access to these poems in this fashion than to never have the ability to read them, it felt a little less satisfying than his earlier collections [...]

    6. This is such a profoundly inspiring collection, one that I could never have predicted I so much needed to read After almost every poem I wanted to stop and write my own There are few 20th century poets who have elicited this immediate reaction from me I m going to be seeking out of his work.

    7. The Darkening Trapeze was beautiful and fluid and rapidly joined Atlantis and The Woman I Kept to Myself as one of my favorite collections of poems Levis s poems in this book are another example like Song, which I read right before the new year of mystical surreal construction, dense and toothy and full of feeling They had a rich emotional texture, growing and sprawling into sometimes massive song cries The poems were serious and humorous in turns, dark and glowing they dealt with loss and spiri [...]

    8. Posthumous collection eerily detailing the self at its most alone, its most contemplative, and its most persistent Rich in body soul dichotomies and the ephemerality of existence, a read that, while it wasn t my usual aesthetic, was pleasing philosophically and as a whole When I knew I wanted them to mean nothing And suggest everything, desire rushed back into things, But not into the blossoms not into the air.

    9. The poet Larry Levis died in 1996 at the age of 49 These poems werelovingly collected and published this year Many of them are longconversations or collages of various scenes of poverty, rough living,desolation, seeking, and love We meet other poets, vagabonds, AndreBreton, Francois Villon, Richard Diebenkorn, and drunks or addicts.His work is a keening Always searching for what life s purpose couldbe and how to achieve that Recommend.

    10. Levis was a wicked wonder with words, with his angle of vision This book will destroy you in a good way I read it very slowly to savor it If you love poetry, you need this book Gaze out at the rain listen to the hushed clatter And wait until the objects in the room take back Their shapes in the dawn And I will never forget Being there with him hearing it wondering what was going to become of us.

    11. I rather enjoyed reading through the poems Some I didn t completely understand, others gave me a nice mental image of what was happening Overall, I enjoyed them.This book was received free through giveway

    12. This is the first book of poems by Levis that I ve read They kept my attention and I may read of him Levis died unexpectedly in 1996 at the age of 49 from a heart attack and is described on the cover of this book as Our Whitman for the late twentieth century.

    13. Somehow accessible than Elegy in certain ways, although I d recommend reading in tandem with Elegy as this is essentially an extension of that book.

    14. A must Read Poetry for 2016 Brilliant writer Larry Levis A posthumous release of his last writings, compiled recently

    15. I went into this collection admittedly skeptical, expecting this posthumous collection would be interesting than good And truth be told, some of my enjoyment here comes from seeing the poems as part of Levis s overall body of work e.g immediately hearing Boy in Video Arcade from Elegy in the last line of La Strada here, reading about certain poems roles in the development of the Winter Stars manuscript, etc But on the whole, the poems presented in The Darkening Trapeze are consistently sharp an [...]

    16. Levis has long been one of my favorite poets but this book the second published of his posthumous poems since his death 20 years ago I believe just didn t have that lyrical truth telling resonance that I found his other poems of his have.

    17. Poetry is subjective Hell, my reviews are subjective because I enjoy stuff that others may not enjoy It s always hard for me to review poetry I like modern free verse poetry that tell a story Larry Levis is a storyteller worth knowing.

    18. The poems are okay but very few of them stood out for me, nothing too original I was expecting something a bit cooler from the title It s worth the read.

    19. First Edition, 2016, Graywolf Press Estate of Larry Levis, paper4 07 16, Black Sun, 16.00 NewEditor David St John Afterword David St JohnLast Poems

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