Secular Love: Poems by Michael Ondaatje
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New York. W.W. Norton & Company, Inc. 1985.First American Edition. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 126pp.
After a decade without publishing, Michael Ondaatje (b. 1943) published "Secular Love,", a collection that seems to drive itself into a form that can only happen in poetry. The text is charged with exacting richness, sudden turns, and impossible psychic journeys. Momentum of his language drives the shape of the text on the page, only adhering to the structures created by breaking for air, or for a particular music. His lush descriptions and command of fragmented, intimate narratives come together to make a whole world, textured by the poet's urgency to name, to possess the words that make the pine, bush, or tamarack feel so real. In "Secular Love," Ondaatje's collection of poems range from surrealist landscapes to deeply personal reflections, demonstrating a full breadth of experience the poet's language brings to life on the page.