Winter 1990 • Vol. XII No. 1 Book ReviewsJanuary 1, 1990 |

Reinventing the Comic Sublime

Before It Vanishes: A Packet for Professor Pagels by Robert Pack. Boston: David R. Godine, 1989. 85 pages. $15.95. This is Robert Pack's tenth book of poems and, intent as ever on looking into brave new worlds, Pack has decided this time to take on nothing less than the universe. This means reworking the ancient and modern myths of creation, the universe's consequent unfolding over the past fifteen billion years or so, and its probable end a couple of thousand billion years from now. In the process, Pack has rewritten the sacred text of Genesis and the science books to give us a theodicy on a human scale. And this has meant reinventing for our time his version of the comic sublime. And just as the scientists have provided us with a model for the world which contains within it our understanding of what is quintessentially order interknit with the quintessentially random, so too the poet has created, in this modern poetic sequence, his own model of order and randomness: a group

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