The Sentinel

The Sentinel


Book - 2008
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John Ashbery's esteem for A. F. Moritz has been seconded repeatedly by critics and readers. Starting in 1975 with Here and continuing through the years to Moritz's latest, The Sentinel, this poet has carved an important career in poetry. This new collection has already begun garnering praise and awards: the title poem was honored by the prestigious Poetry magazine. These poems, exploring everything from vanishing civilizations to nature's mysteries, display Moritz's intelligence and insight blended with a supple craft and wordplay that have made his work unique in the field.
Publisher: Toronto, ON : Anansi, 2008.
ISBN: 9780887847905
Branch Call Number: 811.54 M862s
Characteristics: 87 p. : port. ; 22 cm.


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Jun 21, 2009

This attentively crafted collection of poetry straddles a fine line between self-awareness and self-absorption, but more than once tips into navel gazing that excludes or repels rather than welcomes the reader. This recent winner of the Canadian portion of the 2009 Griffin Poetry Prize is forgiven its ponderous lapses, however, when it redeems itself with the wry humour and crisp observations of poems such as "Busman's Honeymoon". Who can't help but feel included in the universal experience of waiting for, being frustratingly passed by and joining in the communal experience of riding a bus?

"it streaks through storm, now flashing Not In Service /
from its radiant forehead, polluted and obscured /
by splattered mud, till it can reach its station /

and help to ease the overflow of us /
waiting in anger. Then we all barge in /
and improbably improve the poetry of the bus."

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