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A "master of the lyric poem" (Paris Review) at the top of his form writes indelibly of grief and love.
In this moving, playful, and deeply philosophical volume, Gregory Orr seeks innovative ways for the imagination to respond to and create meaning out of painful experiences, while at the same time rejoicing in love and language. A passionate exploration of the forces that shape us, The Last Love Poem I Will Ever Write explores themes of survival and the powerlessness of the self in a chaotic and unfair world, finding hope in the emotions and vitality of poetry. With characteristic meditative lyricism, the poet reflects on grief and the power of language in extended odes (“Ode to Nothing,” “Ode to Words”) and slips effortlessly from personal trauma (“Song of What Happens”) to public catastrophe (“Charlottesville Elegy”).
The Last Love Poem I Will Ever Write confirms Orr’s place among the preeminent lyric poets of his generation, engaging the deepest existential issues with wisdom and humor and transforming them into celebratory song.
At first plainspoken and clever, Orr (River Inside the River) pushes conceits until they are revelatory in this deceptively simple book. These are mostly short poems with a handful of several-page odes (to "Nothing," "Some Lyric Poets," "the Country of Us," and "Left-Handedness") in which Orr works through issues of belief (even as he declares he is "done with God"), love (even as he declares through the title poem that he's written the last one on that subject), and trauma (even as he spells out that the coincidence of "Two boys, my father and I// Barely in their teens,/ Killing two others they loved/ By accident" isn't "credible"). In "Ode to Nothing," Orr plays with the word nothing: "Nothing is the secret force/ At the heart of it all" and "The wisest among us/Always believed in/ Nothing," until it becomes a comforting entity. The gruffness rife in these poems gives way to love, which entered when Orr was "broken/ All the way to the center." In this collection, he offers silence and language as a way to heal.