Between Angels by Stephen Dunn
This collection of poetry is a must-read!
Stephen Dunn is well-acquainted with the inner workings of both himself and others. As you’re reading, you find yourself continually saying “I know exactly what he means” or “Wow, I’ve had moments just like this.” Dunn touches heavily upon feelings of isolation, especially in the context of the modern world, and the fleeting nature of happiness. He takes these thoughts we have daily involving the agonies of life, the beauties of life, the in-betweens, and places them into a short, sweet package.
The simplicity of his language fascinates me, because he still manages to express himself eloquently and convey his ideas without too much fluff. Perhaps it is this straightforwardness that makes his poetry have so much impact.
I particularly enjoyed the poems “The Guardian Angel,” “Sweetness,” “Between Angels,” “To a Terrorist,” “Urgencies,” and so many others. It’s difficult to pick favorites. They are all pretty excellent.