BOOK REVIEW
 



85 pages,  $15 U.S.
Brick House Books, Inc.
306 Suffolk Rod
Baltimore, MD 21218

Distributor: Itasca Books, Inc.


ISBN: 978-1-938144-01-1

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Pick this book up and, believe me,  you will not put it down soon.  Epitaphs for Poets is chock full of brief commemorative statements that epitomize poets from throughout the ages, ranging from Christopher Marlowe and John Gower to— believe it or not—the still living Dana Gioia and Annie Finch!

Snippets of characteristic information offer hours of delight, laughter and just plain fun.  You may find yourself looking up your favorite poets first. The book's extensive Table of Contents makes that easy. I went for Housman, Tennyson, and H.D. before anyone else!

Here is a sampling of what's inside.


R.I.P. GEOFFREY CHAUCER
c. 1342 - October 25, 1400

The first great poet of our tongue,
He died while relatively young.
They buried him in Westminster,
But no one's sure exactly where.



R.I.P. EMILY DICKINSON
December 10, 1830 - May 15, 1886

The Maid of Amherst, Emily
Dickinson, sang quietly
Far from the roar of the madding throng,
But now she holds her breath too long.


 
R.I.P. JACK FOLEY
August 9, 1940 -

Here lies Jack Foley
Decomposing slowly.
When he composed faster
It was a disaster.
Read Jack Foley's Response



R.I.P ANNIE FINCH
October 31, 1956-

Averse to logic, Annie Finch
In argument won't give an inch.
She'll spark and duck and even clinch —
But change her mind? You'd need a winch.

 


Reviewed by Mary Ann Sullivan