Further Collected Poems
About the Book
Further Collected Poems contains selected lyrics from 2001 to 2017, divided roughly by theme or subject. “You and I” is about relationships, “We” is about society and institutions, “He” is about religion and spirituality, “Visions” is about ideas, and “Beauty’s Mead” is about art. The poems are in and out of form, in many modes and voices, simple and complex, hopeful and tragic. The common thread is a conviction that there is an order and a goodness behind and beyond all absurdity, if we will seek it and be open to it. Much thinking is involved. It is the thinking of the heart, and nature and the physical world, as well as music and tradition, can be helpful in following the path. Yet in our best moments, we soar beyond the known world and catch a glimpse of ultimate things and have a new vision of possibility. Some of those moments are captured here as though in a photograph, while others are only desired or hinted at. By their very nature, such things are meant to be shared; hence, this book.
About the Author
B. E. Stock is a prolific poet who writes in both traditional forms and free verse. Her work has been described by other poets as “life affirming and well crafted”, “burning a hole in my consciousness,” and “like a drink of clear water.” She studied writing at the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Sarah Lawrence College, the West Chester Conference, and Colrain, and has hosted numerous readings in New York City. Widely published in literary periodicals, B. E. Stock published two chapbooks, Soliloquies (1992) and In Praise of Leisure (1996). Her long narrative poem, “Sally Jordan”, was published by Mellen Poetry Press in 1996 in Three Women: Touching the Boundaries of Life. In 2001, she published her Collected Poems. The present volume is selected from poems written between 2001 and 2017.