How Beautiful the Beloved

A confident, mystical, expansive project Publishers Weekly D azzling and timeless focus is so unwaveringly aimed toward the transcendent not God, but the beloved that we seem to slip into a less cluttered time The Virginia Quarterly Review, Editor s Choice Mary Oliver calls him a Walt Whitman without an inch of Whitman s bunting or oratory In these pa A confident, mystical, expansive project Publishers Weekly D azzling and timeless focus is so unwaveringly aimed toward the transcendent not God, but the beloved that we seem to slip into a less cluttered time The Virginia Quarterly Review, Editor s Choice Mary Oliver calls him a Walt Whitman without an inch of Whitman s bunting or oratory In these pages, he is nearly a modern day Rumi This is not primarily a poetry of image, but of ideas, perfectly distilled Orr brings together the monumental themes of love and loss in small, spare, and exquisite koan like poems ForeWord gnetic poems that open the world of lyrical verse to the larger questions of what is true and timeless The Bloomsbury ReviewGregory Orr continues his acclaimed project on the beloved with a lyrical sequence about the joys and hungers of being fully engaged in life Through concise, perfectly formed poems, he wakes us to the ecstatic possibilities of recognizing and risking love Mary Oliver has called this project gorgeous, and said that he speaks of the events that have no larger or important rival in our lives of our love and our loving If to say it onceAnd once only, then stillTo say Yes.And say it complete,Say it as if the wordFilled the whole momentWith its absolute saying.Later for but, Later for if NowOnly the single syllableThat is the beloved.That is the world.Gregory Orr is the author of ten books of poetry He teaches at the University of Virginia and lives in Charlottesville.
How Beautiful the Beloved A confident mystical expansive project Publishers Weekly D azzling and timeless focus is so unwaveringly aimed toward the transcendent not God but the beloved that we seem to slip into a less clutt

  • Title: How Beautiful the Beloved
  • Author: Gregory Orr
  • ISBN: 9781556592836
  • Page: 245
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “How Beautiful the Beloved”

    1. This book was exactly the book I wanted and needed to read right when I read it. Every poem reads like a prayer, and since no poem is titled, it reads like a dirge of prayers, a litany. And every poem/prayer is someway addressed or directed towards the beloved, and since Orr never clarifies who the beloved is, the beloved could be straightforward human love poems, but they also very much could be love poems written to God. Some poems read as more human directed, and some as more God directed, bu [...]

    2. Knowing Greg and his wife definitely helped me appreciate this book more. I saw Tricia's artwork based on the beloved poems a few years ago, and only recently realized that she was pulling from a whole collection. These poems aren't typical for Greg necessarily--they are v. Rumi-esque, mystical, celebratory, and distilled. Some of them hit much harder than others, but they're the sort of tiny poems that bring one comfort with every reading.

    3. Some day when I begin to write my life out in poetic form, this is how I would aspire to write it. Rarely, have I felt I understood so much of what an author is trying to convey, in so few words. This guy is amazing.

    4. At first I was pretty into this, a book length meditation, in the form of a long poem, on the potential of the poem to grieve, how it might give you a language to talk about and work through loss. the poems are short, the words small, and the overall sense of it is surprisingly breezy, given the subject matter.But there're elements that sort of rankled, from pretty early on-- one of them was the way that Orr allowed for the beloved to be a he or a she, in the same poem. I understand the inclinat [...]

    5. I was so lucky to work with Greg at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, where he signed this book for me. He and Trisha are two of the kindest people I know. Some favorite moments:Misery will be your pillow and you will not sleep.To speak is to leap.There's lots of weird malice loose on the planet.Rock being onlyA slower flowing.Grief leading me by the nose.Human heart--that tender engine.Loss--that's what The sea teachesiefperpetual companionof love.The heart's a deep well."Another thing I didn't [...]

    6. Abandoned this one. There are some great moments, but the mental/linguistic gymnastics that are present in the title are present throughout, and I couldn't get past it.

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