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A diverse display of formal dexterity, narrative power, and lyrical resonance, Peter Filkins's latest collection of poems explores the fraught relationship between the natural world and the human.

Exploring the space between nature and culture, the poems of Water / Music anchor themselves in the timely and the timeless. Rich and diverse in their formal intricacy, they move with ease from narrative to meditation, from close physical observation to the haunts of memory, and from lyric sorrow to the pleasure of living in the world. Water / Music embraces and celebrates life's mystery and the soul's repose amid "talismans at twilight, the whir of birds."

Peter Filkins is the Richard B. Fisher Professor of Literature and Creative Writing at Bard College at Simon's Rock and a visiting professor of literature at Bard College. He is the author of four other books of poems: What She KnewAfter HomerAugustine's Vision, and The View We're Granted, as well as numerous translations and a biography, H. G. Adler: A Life in Many Worlds.


A lyrical new volume from a poet “beyond the achievement of all but a double handful of living American poets” (Harold Bloom).

With irony, in mourning tinged with eros, one of our most extraordinary poets blends the personal and the political to meditate on damage, aging, and injustice. The poems in So Forth surge back in memory, pondering guilt and forgiveness. Consciousness flows from singular to plural; identity in these poems does a round dance with other personae, with formidable women artists of the past in the powerful sequence “Legende of Good Women,” with pre-Socratic philosophers, and with lovers, children, and strangers—the strangest of whom is the face in the mirror. In response to griefs both historical and contemporary, So Forth contemplates the quest for the holy and traditions of the sacred.

Rosanna Warren is the author of six poetry collections and a volume of critical essays. She has won the Lamont Poetry Prize and has received awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Guggenheim Foundation, among other honors. She teaches at the University of Chicago and lives in Chicago.

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Monday, April 19, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

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Water / Music (Johns Hopkins: Poetry and Fiction) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781421440088
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Published: Johns Hopkins University Press - April 6th, 2021

So Forth: Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9781324004592
Availability: Not On Our Shelves - Available to Order
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 19th, 2020