Tonight the stars are close.
They glitter so fiercely down
everything she says and is
points the long arrow toward my heart.
I'll lay me down on early April's sparse, cold grass
and stare up through the cirrus clouds
into her clear heaven-wells
each with its naked glittering star.
It is the naked constellation, She,
and bends her glittering bow,
each arrow true to its mark.
With this "Invocation" M, L. Rosenthal begins She, a remarkable new sequence of poems and his first book of poetry since The View from The Peacock's Tail (Oxford University Press, 1972). She already has been hailed, not only as M. L. Rosenthal's "finest achievement and ... a leading candidate for the best love poem in English since William Carlos Williams' 'Asphodel, That Greeny Flower,' " but also as "a paean to the ability of the human spirit to change despair and desolation into song, and a major addition to the genre of the modern lyric sequence." - Sally M. Gall, Modern Poetry Studies "In Rosenthal we have a great poet ... Let me be plain. I mean great in the sense of the word that by custom we reserve for the mighty dead. A great poet is a man who has written great poems. Rosenthal has done that; it can be demonstrated – by nothing more elaborate than ample quotation; and if the tide serve, as I judge it does now, he is even now setting out upon a passage that will show him becoming ever more himself, dedicating himself with an athletic will to our service." - Emile Capouya, The Nation
© BOA Editions, Ltd 1977
Paperback ISBN 0-918526-06-X
Publishing Date: 1977