The Iron Key by James Longenbach

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A capacious, elegant collection from a writer “with an ear as subtle and assured as any American poet now writing” (John Koethe).

These poems are filled with the accumulated treasure of a lifetime, yet at their heart is the loss that fuels this dream of abundance: the friend to be mourned, the child to be loved, the poem to be written. Again and again, The Iron Key brings us to the door that opens onto the future.

from "April 2003"

      I felt like a boy again, my navel flat as a dime—
      The glamour of protest, however compromised,

      Our certainty old people were wrong.
      Poetry is against war or else it isn't poetry

      Said my friend the poet, as if by breathing
      We were glamorous.

About James Longenbach

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James Longenbach is a poet and critic. He is the author of The Art of the Poetic Line and several other critical works, as well as four collections of poetry, including The Iron Key. He is the Joseph Henry Gilmore Professor of English at the University of Rochester.
Published October 4, 2010 by W. W. Norton & Company. 96 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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James Longenbach (The Art of the Poetic Line) is an incontestably brilliant critic.

Jul 26 2010 | Read Full Review of The Iron Key: Poems

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