University of Pittsburgh Press, 1996 Paper: 978-0-8229-5614-3 | eISBN: 978-0-8229-7973-9 | Cloth: 978-0-8229-3960-3 Library of Congress Classification PS3569.H3967A82 1996 Dewey Decimal Classification 811.54
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ABOUT THIS BOOK
Angel, Interupted is Reginald Shepherd’s second poetry collection. The poems are lyrical, streetwise and contemporary, yet timeless, classically referential, and introspective.
Reginald Shepherd (1963–2008) was the author of five previous books of poetry: Fata Morgana; Otherhood; Wrong; Angel, Interrupted; and Some Are Drowning. His work has been widely anthologized, and has appeared in four editions of The Best American Poetry and two Pushcart Prize anthologies.
“There is a hard and lucid quality in Shepherd's work. The words seem to be burned into the page with lasers, so precise and sharp-edged are they. . . . Shepherd's language is big and torqued with passion, and his images pile densely but are pulled through the text by a strong rope of narrative. . . . These poems are rich, wild, deep, and strong.” --Booklist
"This is a book of unabashed lyricism and in-your-face contemporaneity, bristling with intelligence, challenging the reader to envision at once the panhandlers of Chicago and the princess of Troy, the iconic beauty of Narcissus of Antinous superimposed upon numinous black and white American bodies in a warily passionate embrace."
"Angel Interrupted is written on water. Fluid, bright, and moving, fully aware of the fleeting beauty of the things of this world, these poems catch the light between lyric and myth."
TABLE OF CONTENTS
The Angel of Interruptions
Desire and the Slave Trade
About the Body, Beauty
Narcissus Learning the Words to This Song
Eros in His Striped Blue Shirt
The Other August
Depth of Field
Narcissus at the Adonis Theater
Two Versions of Midsummer
Trick of the Light
My Brother the Rain
A Man Named Troy
“Orpheus and Eros” by George Platt Lynes
He and Sleep Were Brothers
Narcissus in Plato’s Cave
The Light Sieves What Escapes from Me
The Gods at Three A.M.
The Moon with Its Cargo of Bullion
Black Ice on Green Dolphin Street
Drawing from Life
Narcissus Was a Sad Boy, but a Heavenly
Art and Illusion
Sam Cooke Would Be Sixty-One This Year
A Plague for Kit Marlowe
Narcissus as Gnostic
“Belief in Antinoüs”
A Little Knowledge
Narcissus and the Namesake River
Another Version of an Ocean
Pericles, Prince of Tyre: A Commentary
Notes from Ariadne at Sea
Narcissus on Echo Beach
Self-Portrait Surviving Spring
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