The Lamplit Answer

Gjertrud Schnackenberg


The Lamplit Answer

The Lamplit Answer

  • Title: The Lamplit Answer
  • Author: Gjertrud Schnackenberg
  • ISBN: 9780374519780
  • Page: 419
  • Format: Paperback



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Schnackenberg gets soaring cool points and not just because of her name's random and unpronounceable consonant-jumbles. She is so good she actually MADE ME CRY WITH HAPPINESS.She really knows her history, for one. And she's no poet to simply squeeze in "fun facts" to distract from a lack of artistry - she dissects settings and figures with a scary-sharp mind. Fans of Robyn Schiff will note a wild (but somehow logical) csacade from image into image - with good reason; Schackenberg was one of Schi [...]

I really wanted to like this book more than I did. I guess I was disappointed by the book's unremitting lugubriousness, the melancholic self-absorption bordering on self-pity that enfolds the poet's voice like a smothering cellophane wrap. "Alack, I am lonely" and "Alas, my beloved has deserted me" are fine and good sentiments, but one expects more scope and depth than this from a poet of Schnackenberg's caliber.Some of the poems herein have intriguing set-ups but ultimately left me feeling let [...]

Schnackenberg shows incredible skill in using proper forms in her poetry that is a bit out of style nowadays, including astounding uses of internal rhyme. Her etymology is beyond belief. This all sounds very stuffy, but her poems are eminently readable and very moving. Supernatural love is absolute perfection!

One of the best contemporary American poets; one of my favorite books. The title poem is often anthologized, and for good reason.

I'm enchanted by the musicality of Schnackenberg's poetry. "Sonata" lives, incomprehensibly transposing, in me as a deeply felt thought.

811.54 S357 1985

These poemsyou'll ask yourself how you didn't know about them before. You'll wonder how you lived without them. This book's one of my most treasured possessions.


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