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Truant Pastures free pdf Caw I try to hold my sleep against the dawn I sleep against the outside light where crows(nuns and Sergeants priests and colonels)conspire in the brightening yardcalling me from play calling me from flightback through the pillow calling me from flightbeyond Saigon, beyond Hanoi, and Seoulcalling me from flightI fly high beyond the callcursing God for every shattered wall I sleep against the clarifying day against a plebisciteof murdered selves forgotten relatives and meanauthorities bleeding friends parents and parishionersconspiring with a squad of crowsto call me back again to call me downto call me back to call and call and call There is nothing uncertain about the art of Harry Staley. Technically, his work is masterful. Yet technique, no matter how superb, is not enough. Ultimately, it is vision and commitment to it that separates pretenders from legitimate heirs. If this volume of collected poems is daunting in its iconography, its historicity, and its Joycean wordplay, its rewards for the persistent reader are clear: a deep compassion heightened into grace through the powerful medium of a pesky art called poetry. From the Introduction, The Pesky Art of Harry Staley, by George Drew The portrait of the speaker in the majority of these poems is one of a man conflicted in his religious faith, in his faith in his fellow human community, in the wars that religion has persuaded his fellow humans to take part in, and which he is not only witness to but a participant in although in an ironic fashion that plagues him. These poems subtly and quietly promote a way of seeing and participating in the world. Offered in the context of Roman Catholicism and war, Staley demonstrates an understanding that is deeply spiritual, yet does not yield to easy, forgiving answers. His poems do not obfuscate or push the reader away through elliptical flurries of thought or unfamiliar although the language-play is a real pleasure, not only sending us into flights of linguistic fancy but ruminative space for pondering the conundrums of existence in wartime. Todd Davis

About Harry C Staley

Harry C. Staley is a noted Joyce scholar and Professor Emeritus of English at the University at Albany SUNY, where he taught from 1956 until his retirement in 1993. His poems have been published in Groundswell, The Snail s Pace Review, Psycho-poetry, Kalamazoo Review, The Little Magazine, The Pennsylvania Literary Review, The Arizona Quarterly, and Voices. His previous books of poetry include The Lives of a Shell-Shocked Chaplain, a narrative in poetry that follows the life of Charles J. McCaffery from his birth in 1920 to his death in a nursing home in 1987, and All One Breath: Selected Poems, a series of autobiographical poems that draw from his war experiences."

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Author : Harry C Staley
Publisher : State University of New York Press
Data Published : 14 May 2014
ISBN : 1461906350
EAN : 9781461906353
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 155 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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