World Without End: Poems
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"In these pages, dragonflies, mockingbirds, ragwort, angle worms--the whole of teeming nature--spring to life. But it is the poet's reflection on these odd, assorted beings that renders his poems so remarkable. To read World Without End is to ask the questions that nag many of us humans. What are we doing here and what does our presence portend?"
--Jeanne Murray Walker, author of Pilgrim, You Find the Path by Walking
"Wilkinson brings art and nature together--the artfulness here not in its faithful copying of nature, but in its evocation of reality in all its fullness; the casual skill the poems display as they move deftly between the everyday and 'heaven and earth'; and most of all, the person in these poems--a man fully aware of the dangers and fragility of life and yet a man, humbled by life, who, nevertheless fully embraces how miraculous it is to be alive in a world where everything dies, and yet everything goes on, 'world without end.'"
--Robert Cording, author of Heavy Grace and Walking with Ruskin
"In earlier times, this fine collection of poems would have been subtitled 'Or, Nature's verities reveal'd.' Among those revelations is the sense of purpose visible in all life. (No simple-minded Darwinism here.) Yes, reality can be apprehended by the senses, and, in Claude Wilkinson's poetic vision, it is apprehended beautifully. World Without End is a splendid successor to his previous books."
--Catharine Savage Brosman, author of On the North Slope: Poems