Descartes' Loneliness (New Directions Paperbook #1093) (Paperback)
New Directions Publishing Corporation, 9780811217118, 64pp.
Publication Date: December 17, 2007
Allen Grossman's poems interrogate the one and world and one life given to us, philospher and poet alike, blending comic and tragic; as the writer Ha Jin once wrote, it is "remarkable for the stout spirit of the speaker who dares to be funny while tackling such an austere subject as death." Poems such as "The Famished Dead," where the poet is visited by lost loved ones, "one at a time," confirm Jorie Graham's observation that "from the bottom reaches of the underworld, to the elevations from which one need cry to be heard-Grossman invents such peace as Poetry can invent."