"Our favorite 'unsung' poet," were the words Chapters Bookstore used when including Karl Kirchwey's The Engrafted Word among their 1998 favorite books. Now, in this new volume, Kirchwey -whose work has garnered high praise from such poets as Richard Wilbur, John Hollander, and James Merrill and who has been the recipient of prestigious prizes and fellowships-continues his explorations into the impact of the past on the present. But he also adds a strong dimension of moral gravity and social satire along with a deeper-and deeply moving-element of the personal. At the Palace of Jove displays Kirchwey's great gifts, offering poems of uncommon wit, piercing intelligence, visionary clarity, and generous emotional power.
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His first 21st century volume finds Kirchwey still looking back to the classical world for inspiration and tropes to deal with loss, loneliness and nostalgia and for modern atrocities eerily in line with the horrors of Greek drama: "Blown up by the guns of knowledge, four walls of a schoolhouse/ ...| Read Full Review of At the Palace of Jove: Poems