Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Confident cosmopolitan …

… Complex, Simple: On Robert Conquest’s “Collected Poems” - Los Angeles Review of Books. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Among his recurrent themes are love and sex, science and poetry. The verse — Conquest’s preferred usage — in Collected Poems, edited by his widow Elizabeth Conquest, some 60 years of it, is vast and various in every sense. Conquest is that rare sort of poet who might take anything as his subject matter. Without being shrill or resorting to bumper sticker message-mongering, Conquest is a poet of the people, or at least of that portion who read poems for pleasure. In The Dragons of Expectation: Reality and Delusion in the Course of History (2004), he writes:

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