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."
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.