By Edward Field
Box is likely one of the first American poets to write down proudly and obviously approximately city homosexual life.This new-and-selected (Field's sixteenth booklet of verse total) exhibits that his virtues—and limits—have remained constant all through. At his most sensible box is direct, likable, modest, captivating, a storyteller : he writes purposefully and without delay of bathhouse existence within the Seventies, Jewish-American background, center jap travels in an international the place, in contrast to ours, males like one another; and allegorically of the Pacific octopus, who wishes love,/ who's a multitude for those who meet,/ yet who can open up like a flower with petal hands. At below his most sensible, Field's unadorned variety could make him sound predictable: his poems are just as fascinating as their tales and concepts. these days there's not anything radical left, in no way/ within the Village, he complains in a poem from the Nineties. a contemporary Sept. 11 poem gadgets to a gang of psychopaths taking on the govt. Irreplaceable within the heritage of homosexual American writing, box helped invent a number of the attitudes and the subgenres which are now in universal use. If a lot of Field's personal poems now appear flat and dated, adequate nonetheless look clean to provide severe power to this e-book.
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Another one, the fourth, yvas serving them. The fifth was looking over the books. " Later the local deities, not being happy, transformed themselves. "Although I stay in this place I have no sacrificial food to offer. I have not even done any worship to the deities," Mila thought. " He sang a song of praise. 0! this quiet place Which Buddhas love, Stayed in by many completed Yogins. I myself remain here alone By the Red Rock in the Valley where the eagle plays. On top of the mountains, the clouds float by.
34 THE HUNDRED THOUSAND SONGS By thinking of the story of my Guru, Reverence and faith grow from the bottom of my heart. Compassion and waves of grace enter into me. All the wrong views and thoughts completely disappear. This emotional song of thinking of my Guru, Whether you, rJe-bstun,8 have heard it or not, I, the poor man, do not have the vision Of knowing whether it has been heard. Therefore, please, from now on Still protect me by your mercy. The practice of diligence and endurance Is the best offering to make the Lama happy.
Even if my reverence be not great enough, I still have the heart-wish to see you. Even if my "hurt heart" is not big enough, I still wish to see you. I think, I think of my perfect Lama. 32 THE HUNDRED THOUSAND SONGS MARPA. Known as the Translator, Marpa was the first Tibetan in the apostolic succession of the Kargyupa sect. His works, like those of his disciple Milarepa, are highly est eemed in Tibet. The more I practice, the more I think of my Lama. Damenma, Marpa's wife, is even above a mother.
After the Fall: Poems Old and New by Edward Field