January Poems - Poems For January

Poems about january. You can read the best january poems. Browse through all january poems.


Giving The Mundane Its Beautiful Due - Poem by gershon hepner

Giving the mundane its beautiful due
he achieved when he strewed like confetti
his books and short stories, plus poems I view
as arias to his fine libretti,
not forgetting reviews of a large range of fiction,
and art that allowed him to show
erudition as well as his great predilection
for images he caused to glow
with words that illuminate until today,
and will to the end of all time,
engaging our minds from which words ricochet,
as they do in this tribute in rhyme,
though mostly confined to amiddle-class grid,
not solving irrational riddles
created by conflicts of ego and id,
his favorite places the middles.
Neither hare nor a tortoise, I’m merely a rabbit
who’s running to keep up with him,
just sharing one thing with this master: his habit
of filling wordcups to the brim,
though only in his case can we say his cup
runneth over with goodness. Bookbalm
cannot sooth us in Gilead, or now make up
bewitched, for the loss of his charm.

Christopher Lehmann-Haupt in his obituary of John Updike in the NYT, January 28,2009 (“John Updike, A Lyrical Writer of the Middle-Class Mn, Dies at 76” and Michiko Kakutani (“A Relentless Updike Mapped America’s Mysteries”) both write obituaries of John Updike in the NYT, January 28,2009:

Lehmann-Haupt writes:

Of Mr. Updike’s many novels and stories, perhaps none captured the imagination of the book-reading public more than his precisely observed tales about ordinary citizens in small-town and urban settings. His best-known protagonist, Harry Rabbit Angstrom, first appears as a former high-school basketball star trapped in a loveless marriage and a sales job he hates. Through the four novels whose titles bear his nickname — “Rabbit, Run, ” “Rabbit Redux, ” “Rabbit Is Rich” and “Rabbit at Rest” — the author traces the funny, restless and questing life of this middle-American against the background of the last half-century’s major events. “My subject is the American Protestant small-town middle class, ” Mr. Updike told Jane Howard in a 1966 interview for Life magazine. “I like middles, ” he continued. “It is in middles that extremes clash, where ambiguity restlessly rules.” From his earliest short stories, he found his subject in the everyday dramas of marriage, sex and divorce, setting them most often in the fictional town of Olinger, Pa., which he described as “a square mile of middle-class homes physically distinguished by a bend in the central avenue that compels some side streets to deviate from the grid.” He wrote about America with boundless curiosity and wit in prose so careful and attentive that it burnished the ordinary with a painterly gleam.

Kakutani writes:
Endowed with an art student’s pictorial imagination, a journalist’s sociological eye and a poet’s gift for metaphor, John Updike — who died on Tuesday at 76 — was arguably this country’s one true all-around man of letters. He moved fluently from fiction to criticism, from light verse to short stories to the long-distance form of the novel: a literary decathlete in our age of electronic distraction and willful specialization, Victorian in his industriousness and almost blogger-like in his determination to turn every scrap of knowledge and experience into words. It is as a novelist who opened a big picture window on the American middle class in the second half of the 20th century, however, that he will be best remembered. In his most resonant work, Mr. Updike gave “the mundane its beautiful due, ” as he once put it, memorializing the everyday mysteries of love and faith and domesticity with extraordinary nuance and precision. In Kodachrome-sharp snapshots, he gave us the 50’s and early 60’s of suburban adultery, big cars and wide lawns, radios and hi-fi sets, and he charted the changing landscape of the 70’s and 80’s, as malls and subdivisions swallowed up small towns and sexual and social mores underwent a bewildering metamorphosis….In one of these collections, Mr. Updike summed up his love of his vocation: “From earliest childhood I was charmed by the materials of my craft, by pencils and paper and, later, by the typewriter and the entire apparatus of printing. To condense from one’s memories and fantasies and small discoveries dark marks on paper which become handsomely reproducible many times over still seems to me, after nearly 30 years concerned with the making of books, a magical act, and a delightful technical process. To distribute oneself thus, as a kind of confetti shower falling upon the heads and shoulders of mankind out of bookstores and the pages of magazines is surely a great privilege and a defiance of the usual earthbound laws whereby human beings make themselves known to one another.”

© 2009 Gershon Hepner 1/28/09


Comments about Giving The Mundane Its Beautiful Due by gershon hepner

There is no comment submitted by members..

Poems About January

  1. 101. Giving The Mundane Its Beautiful Due , gershon hepner
  2. 102. Halku (1) - New Variety Haiku , Maria Barbara Korynt
  3. 103. Light Burst, Confusion, First Thirst, Th.. , Jonathan ROBIN
  4. 104. He Cracked A Whip - Tanka , Dagmara Anna AuraDagimar
  5. 105. Naughty, Nihilistic Thought , gershon hepner
  6. 106. So We Can Be , Jonathan ROBIN
  7. 107. Travel Haiku - Saint Paul Winter Carniva.. , john tiong chunghoo
  8. 108. Epiphany , Lawrence S. Pertillar
  9. 109. Last Poem Of 2010 , Ray Lucero
  10. 110. Swr Chasing Down Rainbows , Terence George Craddock (Spe ..
  11. 111. Glory In Stardust Love , Terence George Craddock (Spe ..
  12. 112. The Right Connection , Diana van den Berg
  13. 113. Silence , Sadiqullah Khan
  14. 114. Haiku Plus Ca Change French Version The .. , Jonathan ROBIN
  15. 115. Magic Blowing In The Wind , Diana van den Berg
  16. 116. Haiku #084 (January Blues) , Carolyn Brunelle
  17. 117. Fear Is The Opposite Of Love , Maurice Harris
  18. 118. Hospital Art Revisited In 2012 , Nyein Way
  19. 119. Ugly Urban Injustice , Jonathan ROBIN
  20. 120. 27th January , Edward Kofi Louis
  21. 121. Eureka Rings A Bell , gershon hepner
  22. 122. Peadar's Prize , Francis Duggan
  23. 123. In The Islands (Rondeau Redoublé) , Leslie Alexis
  24. 124. ရြက္စုတ္ၿပကၡဒိန္/Daily-used flipped leav.. , Nyein Way
  25. 125. The First Four~ , Theodora (Theo) Onken
  26. 126. Safe Refuge , Denis Martindale
  27. 127. This Snowy Day , Dorothy (Alves) Holmes
  28. 128. Estuary , Saiom Shriver
  29. 129. Bouquet , Naveed Khalid
  30. 130. Rendezvous , Naveed Khalid
  31. 131. Memory Between Last Year And This Year , Luo Zhihai
  32. 132. Breathless , gershon hepner
  33. 133. Back By Mushera Mountain , Francis Duggan
  34. 134. (senryu) Ev'rything Must Go , WES Vogler
  35. 135. Springtime In Winter One More Time , Joyce Hemsley
  36. 136. The Party , Claudia Krizay
  37. 137. On 9/11 A Third Skyscraper Plunged To Ea.. , Is It Poetry
  38. 138. When Will You Break , Sadiqullah Khan
  39. 139. Time In A Bottle , John W. McEwers
  40. 140. Renewing The Year! , Ramesh T A
  41. 141. Polyacrostic Palimpsest - Ses Mots Sont .. , Jonathan ROBIN
  42. 142. Soldiers For Hire , Ray Lucero
  43. 143. Back There In Old Duhallow The Frosty Fi.. , Francis Duggan
  44. 144. The First Of 08 , Francis Duggan
  45. 145. Port Fairy In January , Francis Duggan
  46. 146. Elegy To A Friend , Sadiqullah Khan
  47. 147. Day Moon Haiku , Chenou Liu
  48. 148. Beatty And Haiti , gershon hepner
  49. 149. Haiku 'spirit Of The Snow' , Peter S. Quinn
  50. 150. Forever Sleep , David Harris
[Hata Bildir]