Night and Light and the Half-Light

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In his new collection of poems, Henry George Fischer offers a verbal magic that will stay with readers long after they have closed the book. Although his work is often light, his poems transcend conventional comic verse. A poignant undertone runs through his elegant music, as demonstrated by 'Pepys Courts Catherine of Valois,' 'A Pocket Globe,' and many other selections. -Dr. Alfred Dorn

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Henry George Fischer is Curator Emeritus of Egyptian Art at The Metropolitan Museum in New York. His principal undergraduate subject was English literature, however, and his B.A. dissertation was on Hopkins. Thereafter, from 1945-48, he taught English language and literature at the American University of Beirut, beginning graduate studies in Egyptology on his return to America. Poetry is therefore an old and abiding interest, although he has only sought publication in periodicals since retirement. He and his wife live in Sherman, Connecticut, where, for many years, they have both played music of the 14th-17th centuries on instruments of the period -- she on vielle and viola da gamba, he on sackbuts and tenor cornetto.

He has previously published two volumes of Timely Rhymes from the Sherman Sentinel (Singular Speech Press, Canton Connecticut, 1993, 1996).

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Henry George Fischer is a national treasure, or ought to be. Not only is he among our living masters of light verse, he's a poet of verve, depth, and great musical resources. This substantial collection of his new work sets us a royal feast. --X.J. Kennedy

Henry Fischer's mastery of English tones and meters gives him a deftness that can deal with any subject, from the lightest to the most solemn. His title, taken from a line of Yeats, is wonderfully apt. --Richard Moore

Henry Fischer's intensely metrical poems beg to be read out loud -- especially to a listener with a sense of humor. Like all the best 'light' verse, they will not only make the reader laugh, but will also make him think. --Gail White

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