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Today's poem is "Ariadne (Postscript)"
from Goat Funeral

The Sheep Meadow Press

Christopher Bakken is also the author of After Greece, for which he received the T.S. Eliot Prize in poetry in 2001, and he is cotranslator of The Lions' Gate: Selected Poems of Titos Patrikios (2006). He divides much of his time between Greece and Meadville, Pennsylvania, where he lives with his wife, Kerry Neville Bakken, and his two children, Sophia and Alexander. He teaches at Allegheny College.

Books by Christopher Bakken: Goat Funeral, After Greece, The Lions' Gate: Selected Poems of Titos Patrikios

Other poems on the web by Christopher Bakken:
"Portrait Detail, with Pear"
Three poems

Christopher Bakken's Home Page.

Christopher Bakken's Blog.

About Goat Funeral:

"This is the best second book of poems Iíve read in a decade. Of course a certain bloom or glamour (or is it transparency?) is off, but the verse is requited by richer (fallen?) harmonies. Contours are Apollonian as in After Greece, but the poet knows now that vision, like flesh, is fleeting, even fled, and his assurance blurs, the amber clouds; hence 'those moments / of clarifying emptiness / toward which we must steer, the swerve from.' Clearly Bakken has already embarked, with this subsequent (but not subaltern) inspection of his cherished Hellenic adequacies ('So many islands, so much blessed salt, / this feast we could not finish by ourselves'), on an ardent if sometimes arduous odyssey. In poetry of this order—so luminous, yet so willing to be lost: 'each switchback leads us deeper in'—peregrination itself will be a march of triumph. No captives."
—Richard Howard

"Christopher Bakken is using all kinds of poetic arms to convey a complex, ambivalent vision spun between the joy of an afternoon in Greece and the dying of a cat. This is an admirable, rich collection of poems."
—Adam Zagajewski

"Whether writing of the Greek landscape, purgatory, Paul Celan, El Greco, or the late Bill Matthews, Christopher Bakken in sinewy, sculpted lines succeeds in embodying an unknown yet knowable world in all its textures and contours. If poetry is the being there of authentic existence, then the poems of Goat Funeral constitute a double triumph, both aesthetic and ontological. This is work of a very high order by one of our finest younger poets."
—B.H. Fairchild



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