Second Life

By James Longenbach James Longenbach
To the Campi Flegrei
By a shadow,
She listened to voices rise
From the darkness,
Then recede.
Sustained them.
When one had finished
Others played.
False proportions
Sung boldly.
Rain on the roof tiles.
O selve, o campi.

James Longenbach, "Second Life" from Draft of a Letter. Copyright © 2007 by James Longenbach.  Reprinted by permission of The University of Chicago Press.

Source: Draft of a Letter (The University of Chicago Press, 2007)

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Poet James Longenbach

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

Subjects Living, The Mind, Love, Classic Love, Arts & Sciences, Music, Poetry & Poets

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 James  Longenbach


A poet as well as an influential literary critic and a professor of English at the University of Rochester, James Longenbach writes primarily on modernist and contemporary poetry. He is the author of the critical works Stone Cottage: Pound, Yeats, and Modernism (1988), Wallace Stevens: The Plain Sense of Things (1991), Modern Poetry After Modernism (1997), The Resistance to Poetry (2004), The Art of the Poetic Line (2008), and . . .

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SUBJECT Living, The Mind, Love, Classic Love, Arts & Sciences, Music, Poetry & Poets

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

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