This engaging and thought provoking volume consists of two poems. The first, "Henry Vaughan," just longer than one hundred lines, acts as a gateway to the second, "Night Thoughts," a book-length poem of nearly one thousand lines. Together they form one of the more ambitious projects undertaken by an American poet in recent years. "Henry Vaughan" reflects the sensibility of the seventeenth-century Welsh mystic poet whose visionary night pieces form a kind of inspiration for "Night Thoughts," which is set entirely in David Young's backyard on an August night in 1991 during the Perseid meteor shower. "Night Thoughts" is filled with natural history, scientific issues, and a richly meditative engagement with memory, emotion, and history. A self-confessed bioregionalist who has made northern Ohio his home for thirty-three years, Young uses the local as his doorway to the universal. Of his first, prizewinning collection, Sweating Out the Winter (1969), one of the judges, William Stafford, noted: "David Young's poems continually loop the immediate into the far, and make enriched returns." That statement still stands for the practice of this remarkably consistent and distinctive poet.
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Published September 1, 1994
by Ohio State Univ Pr (Trd).
Literature & Fiction.