How Beautiful the Beloved

Gregory Orr (Author)
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"[A] confident, mystical, expansive project."--Publishers Weekly

"[D]azzling and timeless . . . focus is so unwaveringly aimed toward the transcendent--not God, but the beloved--that we seem to slip into a less cluttered time."--The Virginia Quarterly Review, "Editor's Choice"

"Mary Oliver calls him '...a Walt Whitman without an inch of Whitman's bunting or oratory.' In these pages, he is more nearly a modern-day Rumi. This is not primarily a poetry of image, but of ideas, perfectly distilled. Orr brings together the monumental themes of love and loss in small, spare, and exquisite koan-like poems."--ForeWord

"...magnetic poems that open the world of lyrical verse to the larger questions of what is true and timeless."
--The Bloomsbury Review

Gregory Orr continues his acclaimed project on the "beloved" with a lyrical sequence about the joys and hungers of being fully engaged in life. Through concise, perfectly formed poems, he wakes us to the ecstatic possibilities of recognizing and risking love. Mary Oliver has called this project "gorgeous," and said that he "speaks of the events that have no larger or more important rival in our lives--of our love and our loving."

If to say it once
And once only, then still
To say: Yes.

And say it complete,
Say it as if the word
Filled the whole moment
With its absolute saying.

Later for "but,"
Later for "if."

Now
Only the single syllable
That is the beloved.
That is the world.

Gregory Orr is the author of ten books of poetry. He teaches at the University of Virginia and lives in Charlottesville.

Product Details

Price
$16.00  $14.72
Publisher
Copper Canyon Press
Publish Date
April 01, 2009
Pages
120
Dimensions
5.4 X 0.5 X 7.2 inches | 0.3 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781556592836
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About the Author

Gregory Orr is the author of ten books of poetry, four collections of criticism, and a memoir that was selected by Publishers Weekly as a "Best Book of the Year." The former poetry editor for the Virginia Quarterly Review, Orr teaches at the University of Virginia and lives in Charlottesville.

Reviews

"Gregory Orr's new book is dazzling and timeless [and] focus is so unwaveringly aimed toward the transcendent--not God, but the beloved--that we seem to slip into a less cluttered time. It's an experience usually reserved for reading the ancients, and clearly that was partly Orr's inspiration."--Editor's Choice, Virginia Quarterly Review "[A] confident, mystical, expansive project, whose very clear short poems constitute a meditation and ritual for grieving a lost beloved." --Publishers Weekly