Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Annie Dillard, Poet

I think of Annie Dillard, and I think of Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, her 1974 work on nature and life that won the Pulitzer Prize for non-fiction when the author was 29. Or I think of An American Childhood (1987). Or The Writing Life (1989). Or even Holy the Firm (1977), a book Frederick Beuchner loved. In her writing, Dillard spoke for a generation, and beyond.

What I don’t think of is Tickets for a Prayer Wheel: Poems, published in 1974 but largely overshadowed by Pilgrim. It was republished in 1988, and then again in 2002. Other than those by famous poets, few poetry books continue to be published over a three-decade period. But then, this one is by Annie Dillard.

To continue reading, please see my post today at The Master’s Artist.


H. Gillham said...

She's definitely got something as a poet -- it's not like anything else...

Tinkers, is signature -- hard for her to write anything better than that...

Louise Gallagher said...

"This is the hour
God loosens and empties."

May every hour be loosened of its beauty so we can bask in its glory.

Thanks for this Glynn.