Audio clips from Queen Anne.
The Poetry of War (Cambridge, 2008)
Listen to an interview on NPR’s “On Point”
Read a review in Choice.
Read a review in the Journal of Military History.
Read a review in Essays in Criticism
Listen to BBC program on Dryden and Purcell.
Sunday, June 8, 2014
Newton Free Library
with David Kopp, piano
Works of CPE Bach, Reinecke,
Bloch, and Piston
Background image: Anne Killigrew,
Venus Adorned by the Graces, c. 1684
Poem of the month:
the deep male growl of the sea-lashed headland
August long ago, the summer Lemnian
(not like the deeds of those who killed their men),
the self a glowing bead, like Hephaestus falling
daylong out of heaven in the old story,
the island’s interior a forge, a glory hole,
the odor of wild thyme borne offshore steadily,
the Aegean Sea purple, wine-dark, without epithet;
and as I walked on the beach, my mother not long dead,
the perfect crystal of my self-regard
so lately flawed, and landscape made to echo
my own low cry in the island’s empty places,
I found a pure white bone that wind and salt
had scoured of every grief and all self-pity:
and so I came to the love of others.
16 February 2014