17 jun. 2005

Languor Management: Spells against death

Eberhart was one of the first poets I heard read in person. I was probably 12 years old. He was a true visionary poet, an inspired man. He didn't write many great poems, because when he wasn't so inspired he was simply a standard "academic" poet of his era. That Groundhog poem of his does belong to the dreaded pathos of dead animals genre, but I would argue that it is one of the only tolerable examples of it. In fact, I still love that poem, or my memory of it. "I saw a groundhog lying dead / Dead lay he..." I once owned an Eberhart book, even, maybe a collected poems.