The God Couple
Two poets explore our longing for transcendence
Hollywood & God (Phoenix Poets Series)
by Robert Polito
$22.00 List Price
It’s hard to know whether the yearning for transcendence is what keeps poets in business or whether it’s exactly the thing that makes their business so marginal to profane, multifarious contemporary life. Variations on the theme “Get over it” are ambient, like those messages encouraging folks to forget God and start enjoying themselves that a group called the British Humanist Association paid to have plastered on the sides of London buses last winter. Employing strikingly different means, a pair of books by two New York–based, very cosmopolitan poets demonstrates an unseemly interest in God. Robert Polito’s title, Hollywood & God, and the title of “Money and God,” a selection from Susan Wheeler’s Assorted Poems (her first retrospective), are just the most obvious references to a desire to commune with the divine.
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