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By Jonathan Locke Hart,Gordon Teskey

Jonathan Locke Hart explores in a modern context the divine and human comedy, taking his proposal from Dante, but additionally making and wondering poetry in a global the place mild shines “on deserted tires, commercial/ Junk with out allegory” and in a global that's and isn't genuine. This poetry is an exploration of brain, physique and soul in an commercial and technological international that has replaced lots because the nice mythological worlds made by way of poets as nice as Dante and Shakespeare. however the poem strikes from this “sullen business waste” and fires of existential hell during the in-between and purgatorial country to at least one of desire and lightweight. All this is often inside of and with out the modern world.

A modern-day meditation at the inferno, purgatorio and paradisio of our international. fireplace (hell) among (purgatory) gentle (heaven).

“Jonathan Hart’s most up-to-date booklet of poetry, Musing (2011) used to be completely sonnets, that's the right shape for repeated and recursive meditation at the self. ... within the current paintings Hart turns to a rarer, extra public kind of handle, one who sees the area feelingly within the nerves and center whereas greedy it with the brain, assessing it and eventually judging it. this is often an workout in ethical and political speech.... Few poets – although they comprise Eliot, Auden, Lowell, Jorie Graham and A. R. Ammons – enterprise with such authority to talk for the world.” – Gordon Teskey, Harvard University

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