After Homer (Hardcover)
George Braziller, 9780807615058, 79pp.
Publication Date: February 17, 2002
Whether writing about the sinking of the Lusitania, the death of Chekhov, his father's passing, or the death of the Russian poet Joseph Brodsky, Filkins reminds us that, no matter the loss, "poetry will survive, " helped by the studied meditation he brings to it.
Meanwhile, at the beginning and end of the book, lyric renditions of brief passages of the Iliad underscore Homer's notion that there is "nothing sadder than man" is as true today as it was for the Greeks.