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The Fall & Other Poems [Paperback]

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Pages   71
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.44" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.28"
Weight:   0.28 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 2001
Publisher   St. Augustine's Press
ISBN  1587312506  
EAN  9781587312502  

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The Fall & Other Poems by J. Bottum

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! JOSEPH BOTTUM is one of the nation s most widely published essayists and poets, with work appearing in magazines and newspapers from the "Atlantic" to the "Wall Street Journal," the "Washington Post" and "National Review." A bestselling eBook author, Bottum is the former editor in chief of the journal "First Things" and former literary editor of the "Weekly Standard," where he remains a contributing editor and regular writer. He holds a Ph.D. in philosophy, lectures widely on literary and religious topics, and lives with his family far off in the Black Hills of South Dakota."

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Very pleasant surprise.  Aug 19, 2008
J. Bottum, The Fall and Other Poems (St. Augustine's, 2001)

I'd not thought this was going to be any great shakes, being both a book of nothing but formal poetry (I can't think of a poet save Marilyn Hacker who's been able to pull such a thing off for thirty years or so) and released under a Christian imprint, but oh how wrong I was. There was a magazine in the Poet's Market who used to say they'd only take religious poetry (forgive my awful paraphrasing) if you could do it like John Donne did or Will Inman does; Bottum certainly qualifies. In addition, the Christian messages to be found here are not delivered with the iron mallet one normally finds in religious poetry, and Bottum also has a great sense of humor, as he shows in his review-in-rhyme for the book Modern Catholic Verse:

"Oh, and did I mention the pope?
But don't let the contents-page raise too much hope,
for it's after John Paul that things start to get worse:
There aren't enough Catholics writing good verse.
"Contemporary", I thought, means just today.
It makes you wonder if old Claude McKay
knew when he died more than fifty years back
that Craig and McCann would dig him up for their claque?"

As with most books of poetry, it does flag now and again, but all in all, it's one of the better poetry collections I've read this year. Bottum's ear for language is tuned quite fine, as is his ability to take more controversial subjects and treat them with the delicate touch required. Very good stuff, this, and highly recommended. ****
this is pretty awful  Feb 16, 2004
most collections of poetry i find hard to be anything but ambivalent about, so i get real excited when i come across a great collection. i can even get excited about coming across a collection as bad as this one. at least it makes me feel something. the topics are banal or preachy. bottum has only the most basic grasp of form and what he does know is used ineffectively.
Wonderful book of poetry  Dec 4, 2001
"The Fall & Other Poems" by J. Bottum is a well-crafted, wonderfully written book of poetry. The imagery of this poetry has an elegance and poignancy that is truly breathtaking. While this book has religious overtones, you do not have to be religious to appreciate Mr. Bottum's poetry and deep feelings. A great gift book that I intend to include in this year's Christmas stockings.

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