By Eleanor Wilner
Eleanor Wilner's poems try and take up the surprise of the wars and atrocities of the 20 th and early twenty-first centuries. of their litany of loss, of their outrage and sorrow, they keep the enjoyment in lifestyles, mercy for the mortal , and compliment for the plenitude of nature and the presents of human artistry.
As together with her six prior collections, those poems are drawn from the transpersonal realm of historical past and cultural reminiscence, yet they reveal an expanding horror on the bloody repetitions of background, its carrier of demise, and the damaging savagery of energy separated from intelligence and discretion. The poems describe 'a sordid drama' within which the gamers put on 'eyeless masks,' and the one factor time adjustments is the identify of the enemy. beneath all of it, using 'the paintings that' in either senses 'keeps not anything at bay,' swim the big formal energies of existence, the transitive determine that strikes on within the depths, anything glimpsed within the dawn, anything more suitable than wish.
"It is a aid to encounter paintings during which an ethical intelligence is matched via aesthetic refinement, within which the craft of the poems is the same as their concerns." - Christian Wiman, Poetry