And the Time Is
Praise for Hazo’s Like a Man Gone Mad . . .
"This is poetry of maturity, of wisdom....A beautiful
book—distilled from years and years of living
and writing."—Adam Zagajewski, author of Without End
"Each of Hazo’s new poems is a spare, sparkling
flow of good talk...readers will find this book utterly
engaging."—Richard Wilbur, former US Poet Laureate and two-time
Pulitzer Prize winner
Samuel Hazo is the director of the International Poetry Forum in Pittsburgh, where he
is also McAnulty Distinguished Professor of English Emeritus at Duquesne University. His
books include Stills, This Part of the World, and The Time Remaining. Among his translations
are Adonis’s The Pages of Day and Night and Nadia Tueni’s Lebanon: Poems of
Love and War.
Book Description »[Hide Description »]
In this work, Hazo casts his eye back over a career devoted to poetry.
With works that are arranged loosely under the themes of love, family,
and aging, this volume affirms Hazo’s status as one of the most compelling
and enduring poets of his generation. Poems appearing in this collection
include works that have appeared in the Hudson Review, Prairie Schooner,
the New York Times, and the Saturday Review.
Excerpt from Ballad of a Returnee »[Hide Except »]
He knew he was older and taller.
He saw that the towns were the same.
What made them seem suddenly smaller?
What made him feel somehow to blame
for all that was done to a village
to save a surrounded platoon?
The huts were just booty to pillage
on a hillscape as spare as the moon.
A man with one leg saw him walking
and offered him tea on a mat.
They spent the whole afternoon talking
while his wife cooked the head of a cat.
It wasn’t his squad he remembered.
It wasn’t the sergeant at Hue
who found his lieutenant dismembered
and buried him there where he lay.
What troubled him most were the places
that once were just places to fight.
He thought of the nightfighters’ faces
all blackened to blend with the night.
6 x 9, 352 pages