By Stephen Burt
Stephen is usually Stephanie and occasionally wonders how his earlier and her prior are their very own collective memory
Advice from the Lights is a superb and candid exploration of gender and id and a sequence of seems at a formative previous. It’s half nostalgia, half confusion, and half an ongoing thinking about: How do any of us in attaining maturity? And why could we wish to, if we had the alternative? This assortment is woven from and interrupted via remarkable sequences, together with Stephanie poems approximately Stephen’s woman self; poems on specific years of the poet’s youth, every one with its personal thoughts, wants, insecurities, and pa songs; and models of poems by way of the Greek poet Callimachus, whose present-day incarnation concerns (who doesn’t?) approximately mortality, the prefer of the gods, and the occupation of Taylor rapid. the gathering additionally comprises poems on politics, place, and parenthood. Taken all jointly, this is often Stephen Burt’s such a lot own and such a lot finished assortment, a necessary paintings that asks who we're, how we develop into ourselves, and why we make art.
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Advice from the Lights: Poems by Stephen Burt