AS FAR AS YOU KNOW
As Far As You Know, acclaimed poet A. F. Moritz’s twentieth collection of poems, begins with two sections entitled “Terrorism” and “Poetry.” The book unfolds in six movements, yet it revolves around and agonizes over the struggle between these two catalyzing concepts, in all the forms they might take, eventually arguing they are the unavoidable conditions and quandary of human life.
ART OF SURGERY
In Art of Surgery, A. F. Moritz considers his experiences in the hospital whilst undergoing heart surgery. Initially, a certain sadness pervades Moritz’s meditations. The poet asks if we have lost the ability to find beauty and to create meaningful connections with one another. Lost, we often don’t know our own names, let alone those of others. Our memory remains ephemeral, perhaps illusory. Yet, while it may mean having to step away from the past, Moritz proposes a new journey, an interior “imagining.” The poems’ own beauty and rhythmic musicality both reflect and usher in a new attunement to the forces of life and love which appeared to be lost.
The Sparrow: Selected Poems of A. F. Moritz surveys forty-five years of Moritz’s published poems, from earlier, lesser-known pieces to the widely acclaimed works of the last twenty years. Here are poems of mystery and imagination; of identification with the other; of compassion, judgement, and rage; of love and eroticism; of mature philosophical, sociological, and political analysis; of history and current events; of contemplation of nature; of exaltation and ennui, fullness and emptiness, and the pure succession and splendour of earthly nights and days.