Poems by Hermann Hesse

By Hermann Hesse

Few American readers appear to be conscious that Hermann Hesse, writer of the epic novels Steppenwolf and Siddhartha, between many others, additionally wrote poetry, the simplest of which the poet James Wright has translated and incorporated during this ebook. it is a distinctive volume—filled with brief, direct poems approximately love, dying, loneliness, the seasons—that is imbued with a number of the imagery and feeling of Hesse's novels yet that has a readability and resonance all its personal, a feeling of eager for love and for domestic that's either deceptively uncomplicated and deeply relocating.

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Page 31 The Chinese Chestnut Breeze for Sonja Weber The fragrance weaves through the painter's studio, surrounds the bright-white canvas on her easel.  No lines.  Perhaps she has painted the light we pass into when we meet pure extinction.  At last, the dichotomies have aligned themselves in sensuous display: light and darksound and silencesweetness, sickness. Page 32 Sylvia Plimack Mangold Paints Light falls through all its serious permutations stippling the limbs of elms and cottonwoods, trickling evening down the eastern edges of bark.

Cm.  Title. 54dc2197-32622 CIP British Library Cataloguing in Publication data are available. Page v for Bruce Page vii ACKNOWLEDGMENTS Grateful acknowledgment is made to the following magazines in which some of these poems first appeared, a few in different form. " "Figuration" received a commendation from the National Poetry Competition, 1995; "The Reunion" received a commendation in the same competition in 1996. "A Prelapsarian Mood Piece" received first prize and was published in the 1996 Emily Dickinson Award Anthology, published by Universities West Press, 1997.

So I said yes, windows open all night, a mock-orange pleating its balm through your room. Small creatures, fluster and flurry in tall grasses.  A clarifying blue.  Solitude became finer and unbridled.  I don't want forgiveness. Who can prophesy delight or grief, the interior seasons?

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