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by Joseph Stroud

A masterful suite of poems which takes the reader on an Odyssean voyage across the globe.
Download Below Cold Mountain epub
ISBN: 1556590849
ISBN13: 978-1556590849
Category: Literature
Subcategory: Poetry
Author: Joseph Stroud
Language: English
Publisher: Copper Canyon Press (April 1, 1998)
Pages: 114 pages
ePUB size: 1163 kb
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Rating: 4.5
Votes: 494
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I first discovered Joseph Stroud through The Writer's Almanac. When I read a poem that I like, I print out a copy and file it alphabetically by author in my own personal little anthology of poetry. After I've printed out three poems by an author I like, I buy a book of their poetry. This recently happened with Joseph Stroud. Slowly savoring these works in this volume has been an absolute pleasure. I just now finished his piece entitled "Comice" which knocked my socks off. It pointed me to Issa, with whom I am a little familiar, but prompted me to purchase a book of his poetry. Any writer who inspires me not only with their own work but leads me to the work of others is my favorite kind of author. And, the icing on the cake, is that he is a local author, living somewhere in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Hopefully, he does occasional readings at our beloved local bookstore, Bookshop Santa Cruz, and I'll one day have the opportunity to thank him in person for the pleasure his work brings to me. Keep up the good work!
Perhaps all there is to remark on in so wonderful a book as BELOW COLD MOUNTAIN--its title an ironic reference to Han-shan--is its mixture of amplitude and restraint: amplitude in its fullness of emotion, its variety of subject and attack, and its ranging of the world from Los Angeles to Auvergne, to Madrid, to "the Wailing Wall of the Jerusalem within me"; restraint in its matured exactitude of craft, which refuses to overstate or pester us to respond. Few poets working today can match Stroud for clarity, compactness and proportion in setting up a dramatic situation; but these situations move, as Rexroth said of the Noh drama, not towards resolution but realized significance. Here is broad humanity, striking but unrestrained metaphor, and feeling, a great steady flow of feeling for the world and its creatures striving to survive.

Glenn Shea, from Glenn's Book Notes, at
Joseph Stroud's poetry in this collection is wonderful to read. His lyrical style and exotic experiences throughout the world truly come together beautifully. In many of the poems, the reader is transported into Joseph's world.