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World Without End: Poems

World Without End: Poems by Claude Wilkinson 1639820361 9781639820368
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World Without End, Claude Wilkinsons fourth poetry collection, takes its title from the last words of the Gloria Patri. But the preceding words--"as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be"-- also echo the books overarching theme: the seemingly infinite spiritual implications woven throughout our experience in the natural world. The poems are organized into meditations on family and community, spiritual worldviews, art and its insights, and natures endless source of ever-relevant metaphor.

The poems also speak to each other across these sections--and even with poems in Wilkinsons earlier collections. World Without End opens with "Among Other Things, My Father Teaches Me How to Mow Grass," exploring the relationship of father and son, something that is revisited later on in "Salvia." Both poems long for conciliation between father and son through yard work--restoring order in the garden, a lost Eden.

Wilkinsons gift for ekphrastic poetry remains strong in World Without End, though here it is more referential and allusive. Rather than engaging specific works of art, the poet strives to understand the broader aesthetic visions of figures like Theodore Dreiser, Vincent Van Gogh, and Walter Anderson. In the title poem, a reference to Edward Hickss The Peaceable Kingdom suggests arts ephemeral yet sustaining power--and an irrepressible yearning for a return to paradise.

Author: Claude Wilkinson

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 96

Publisher: Slant Books

Publication Date: 2020-03-26

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