The steady growth of May Sarton's following and critical importance in recent years has revealed a creative writer of remarkable scope--equally at home in three literary forms: fiction, autobiography, and poetry. It is in her poetry, however, where she achieves the full extent of her revelation as artist and human. The poems in this first selection from her whole work wereThe steady growth of May Sarton's following and critical importance in recent years has revealed a creative writer of remarkable scope--equally at home in three literary forms: fiction, autobiography, and poetry. It is in her poetry, however, where she achieves the full extent of her revelation as artist and human. The poems in this first selection from her whole work were written over a period of forty years. They convey a wonderfully energetic alternation of mood, idea, and experience that are part of her unique creative process....
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Selected Poems Reviews
This is a return to reading Sarton's poetry not very long after having completed her collected poems. The difference here is in organization and selection. The poems are organized into seven sections. The first, "The Composed Imagination", presents many of the authors poems on art, music and related topics. The second, "Love", deals in the general and the particular aspects of that huge topic. The third topic is one truly dear to Sarton's heart and life, one she dealt with in her journals, "Solitude". Here we see her struggles but also the birth of her work. The fourth subject is "Nature". It does not only deal with the beauty of her garden but with the issues of change.The sixth section is Sarton in the world. "In a Dirty Time" gives some commentary on the history of the years she lived, the sad well-known murders of 1968 as well as less well known events of American history. In "Invocations and Mythologies", the poetry moves into India and Greece and beyond, myths and legends of the past and present. Her wide travel and experience shows throughout. The brief final section, "The Action of Therapy", seems a brief coda of her life.There is so much to enjoy here and I think I will return to this book and approach it a section at a time. Looking perhaps to this organization to assist me with those poems I find the most difficult. And simply reveling in those I love.Definitely recommended.A copy of this book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley in return for an honest review.
I've owned this book for 20 years, and many of the poems in it have comforted, challenged and validated me along my winding journey. Seeing this book on my library shelf at home gives me the sense that all is well.
4 STARS(I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review)"In Selected Poems of May Sarton, a collection from her first forty years of writing, many of the author’s classic themes are on display: There are her meditations on solitude, featuring the breathtaking “Gestalt at Sixty”; there is her beautifully written tribute to literature in “My Sisters, O My Sisters”; and there is a rumination on affairs of the heart in an excerpt from the sonnet collection “A Divorce of Lovers.”(From Amazon)I enjoyed this collection of poetry - very well-written and easy to get into. I liked that these poems are remind me of very short stories.
This is the first I've read by May Sarton, though I own her Journal of a Solitude. I stumbled on this book of poetry while browsing in a local used book store. I knew nothing about her. I was drawn in by so many of the poems in this book. Underlined those moving passages, those passages where all could do was whisper yes, yes.
Hilsinger and Brynes pick a wonderful selection of Sarton's poems and organize them brilliantly.
she reminds me of grammer. or gram of her. or something like cyclamen.