Man and camel: poems

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Knopf,
Pub. Date:
[2006]
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1st ed.
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English
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This eleventh collection by Mark Strand is a toast to life's transience and abiding beauty. He begins with a group of light but haunting fables, populated by figures like the King, a tiny creature in ermine who has lost his desire to rule, and by the poet's own alter ego, who recounts the fetching mystery of the title poem: "I sat on the porch having a smoke / when out of the blue a man and a camel / happened by." The poet has Arctic adventures and encounters with the bearded figure of Death; in his controlled tone, he creates his bold visions and shows us, like a magician, how they vanish in a blink. Gradually, his fancies give way to powerful scenes of loss, as in "The Mirror," where the face of a beautiful woman stares past him into a place I could only imagine . . . as if just then I were stepping from the depths of the mirror into that white room, breathless and eager, only to discover too late that she is not there. Man and Camelconcludes with a small masterpiece of meditations crafted around the Seven Last Words of Christ. Here, this secular poet finds resonance in the bedrock of Christ's language, the actual words that have governed so many generations of thought and belief. As always with Mark Strand, the discovery of meaning in the sound of language itself is an act of faith that enlightens us and carries us beyond the bounds of the rational.
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9780307262967
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