Romanticism: Poems (Hardcover)
A new collection from “a poet of obvious gifts and power and ambition, unsparing and brilliant” (W. S. Merwin).
Romanticism explores and challenges the central ideas of high Romanticism: the tragedy and gallantry of the individual’s life journey, the appeal of revolution and violence, the beckoning forces of Nature, and the estrangement from but constant longing for God. Here is a powerful argument for the primacy of strong emotion.
So I offered a bargain:
All of it, the books, the papers,
and whatever is still brewing in my teapot head—
All of this, I said, I will surrender
if only I may have
the home that I have seen in his face.
The answer came at once: No.
What lies you tell, and call them love.
About the Author
April Bernard is the author of four previous poetry collections and two novels. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker and the New York Review of Books. She teaches at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York.