Last night we passed an hour or so in Ithaca's Buffalo Street Books, a store that was saved from closing when the community raised over a quarter of a millior dollars to re-open it as a consumer co-op. (Now that's how to value the neighborhood bookstore!). We ran into Roger Gilbert and our talk turned to the much missed A. R. Ammons and Gilbert's biography in progress. Names of Ammons' former students came up, some of whom have blogged here. We spoke of the talented Jake Adam York and when I got home, I thought to let him know that he was roundly praised. Well, one click led to another and I landed on the Kenyon Review blog, where York has initiated a series of craft posts. The first is on the aubade, and here's a snippet. Follow the link to read the full post, and check back often for more of York's craft notes
"The aubade is a poem of the morning, of sun-up—though it’s also a poem of endings, traditionally presenting a farewell, from one lover to another, as one departs before the light catches them together. Since aubades both open and close, these poems seem capable of great depth or complexity of emotion—and they offer many opportunities for innovation."
Do you have a favorite aubade?