Larry Beckett Songs and Sonnets

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Songs and Sonnets

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Larry Beckett’s long-awaited first book, Songs and Sonnets, was written over a 26-year period. His blank verse sonnets and madrigals center on marriage in our time; these poems trace love day-to-day, with music and intensity. The man speaking and the woman addressed are the same, but the time and place keep mysteriously shifting. The whole sonnet tradition, from Petrarch and Wyatt to Montale and Lowell, was influential. These poems use strands of iterative imagery, as developed by Shakespeare, to make diffused metaphors.

The hardbound edition contains a CD of a live performance, which premiered the first thirty-two sonnets.

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I first heard Larry Beckett on the radio when I was in high school. I was in the back seat of a car with my boyfriend when that reed and water voice floated out of the speakers and we all listened in silence to Song to the Siren. Larry Beckett was responsible for the true words matching that pure voice, but I didn't know his name. It wasn't until 1990 that I discovered Beckett's poetry in the dazzling beauty of Second Avenue. Copied down from a basement wall into a scrap of paper and sent to me from Portland, this poem was to change my outlook on poetry, my goals, the essential way I live my life. Larry Beckett's clear dedication to the work is a holy act.

Robin Rule Rainy Day Women Press

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These poems are part of a long sequence in progress since 1973, ordered by date of composition, in which the man speaking and the woman addressed are the same, but the time and place keep mysteriously shifting. The first twenty are set in America, and the next twenty in Europe. The intention is to create a sense of artifice, to balance the confessions of feeling. Contiguous groups inside the series share obsessions, and the tone alternates: even-numbered sonnets are brighter, and odd-numbered darker. In much lyric poetry, the inspiration is the intensity of love beginning or ending; in my sonnets, it's love day-to-day, in a marriage.

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