Cardinal Points (Iowa Poetry Prize) by Michael Pettit
English | Sep. 1, 1988 | ISBN: 0877452067 | 98 Pages | PDF | 3 MB
Combining incisive observation with vivid imagery, Pettit ( American Light ) builds this volume, winner of the Iowa Poetry Prize, around the leitmotif of flight, both actual and symbolic. He explores the soarings of birds, angels, planes; even the music of "Mighty Sebastian Bach" effects flight and transcendence: "What anchors / our bodies are. / So you bless the A Minor / solo for flute and the flutist, / a woman so clearly taken by the lilting / line of Bach she follows completely, / her slim arms ascending, peaking / . . . seeking / release, a way into the cool blue skies . . . . "