12/2/2019 4 Comments
A Poet Praised
In response to a question at a recent reading about admired poets, I mentioned the poet William Bronk. I first heard the name many years ago in a conference with my teacher Laurence Perrine, author of the widely used text Sound and Sense. He found Bronk's work exceptional as did the acclaimed poet Peter Kane Dufault whom I met much later. The poems have a remarkable music, their abstractions resonant. One absorbs an insight. In his poem "Frailty" (from Living Instead, 1991), treating our desire for "mastery," he concludes: "Yet the frail world goes on/ unmastered, unmastering, and so do we./ Better to love us both the way we are."
1/13/2020 10:18:38 am
This is a wonderful poem. Thank you for bringing it to my attention.
2/17/2020 09:13:30 pm
Were we just agreeing with the masters that the key and kernel is LOVE!
4/27/2020 03:13:23 pm
Recently read that Einstein had sent his daughter a letter, saying that his famous formula should be Love.
4/27/2020 03:08:56 pm
Bronk is a new poet to me, but his stress on fraility recognizing a trait that I have heard mentioned lately.
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Neva Herrington is a poet and former educator. She is currently working on a new book of poetry, a collection of short stories, and her memoir. Her inspiration comes from her own experience and the work of other poets.