Winter 1988 • Vol. X No. 1 Book ReviewsJanuary 1, 1988 |

Toward a Tragic Wisdom and Beyond

Selected Poetry of Yehuda Amichai edited and translated by Chana Bloch and Stephen Mitchell. New York: Harper & Row, 1986. 163 pages. $18.95, $12.95, paper. The Springhouse by Norman Dubie. New York: Norton, 1987, 56 pages. $14.95, $7.95, paper. Toward the end of Camus' novel La Chute (The Fall), in which the narrator Clamence rambles on in a drunken soliloquy, we are told: "Pour que la statue soit nue, les beaux discours doivent s'envoler" (For the statue to stand bare, the fine speeches must take flight). The narrator's plight, one in which speech embellished with exaggeration and lies prolongs a hypocritical life, becomes a metaphor for the predicament of language in a postmodern era. One might argue that there are two types of language: one which attempts through excess to conceal emptiness, and the other which through reduction attempts to embrace all that is absent, and which finally leads into the mysteries of silence and the most profound poetry. In modern po

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MARK IRWIN’s fifth collection of poetry, Bright Hunger, appeared from BOA in 2004. He teaches at the University of Southern California and divides his time between there and his home in Colorado.

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