Editorial Reviews. Review. “An astonishing performance As near to [a masterpiece] as The Changing Light at Sandover by [Merrill, James]. The Genius and Generosity of Jimmy Merrill from the December 22, of Langdon Hammer’s James Merrill: Life and Art [NYR, December 22, ]. of Merrill’s long poem The Changing Light at Sandover is indebted to. Selected Poems does excerpt The Changing Light at Sandover, presenting a sampler of a poet who wrote “New Critical Rococo” in the words of August.

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He brushed aside Tiberius and settled to the task Of answering, like an experienced guide, Those questions we had lacked the wit to ask. This is a must own masterwork from a poet with tremendous gifts and talent an, possibly, genius – a jerrill work, possibly the single greatest achievement in poetry released in the second half of the last century that I’ve read. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Return to Book Page. Want to Read saving….

To feed the earthward flow Of Paradise? My first paragraph above samdover give some clue why, as it is an orgy of name-dropping, mentioning five works of changjng literature in only three sentences. The mind on hunkers, squinting not to see, Gives up. Open Preview See a Problem? Dec 30, Sal rated it it was amazing.

James Ingram Merrill was born on March 3,and died on February 6, And where, we wondered to the void, Was Tiberius these days? He is the master of blank chnging, couplets, sonnets, terza rimaand villanelle.


At the time he believed he had exhausted the inspiration provided by the ouija board. The complete three-volume work, with a brief additional coda, appeared as “The Changing Light at Sandover” in If so, I’d settle for more Bach and less Gounod.

Dec 03, Molly rated it it was amazing. Aug 26, RB rated it it was amazing.

The Changing Light at Sandover

I read this for an American Poetry course for my master of arts–all the class whined about it’s length. Already established in the s among the finest poets of his generation, Me Richard Kenney suggested that I might get a kick out of this book, given my penchant for writing tarot card sonnets.

The afterlife is crowded with fallibility, partisanship, and bias. James Merrill and his life-partner David Jackson spent decades at the Ouija board a kind of side-life parallel to their socializing, home-making, and travels contacting spirits and engaging in an occult odyssey through the levels of ethereal hierarchy.

But really, if I were to recommend this it would be first and foremost on the basis that there is nothing else like it.

The entire book is based on sessions conducted by Merrill and his longtime companion David Jackson using a Ouija board, the messages from which appear, misspellings, abbreviations, and all, in block capitals. No trivia or quizzes yet. Aug 24, Amy marked it as to-read Shelves: With essay Megan Snyder-Camp from the Awards year anniversary blog—one “Appreciation” covering both Merrill’s and Poetry awards.

The third volume, Scripts for the Pageantinvolves the intervention of the huge cast of characters only partially listed above. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. InMerrill published his first ouija board narrative cycle, with a poem for each of the letters A through Z, calling it “The Book of Ephraim”.


Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I read it in a sitting, could not put it down, and then wrote my final paper on it.

With SandoverI increasingly wanted to shout “These are your friends, your experiences; shut up if you cannot make them mine! I reviewed the Walcott recently, and liked it immensely, but this one by Merrill had me first sanrover, then baffled, then alienated.

Knopf a division of Random House, Inc. In fact, its major contribution to the form is to destabilize the spiritual revelation.

This brought me back to when I read The Republic and awed at its ripples of influence. Not that I’m particularly qualified to evaluate this magnum opus. National Book Critics Circle. James Merrill is one of the best poets of the late 20th century.

I see you like a lot. This page was last edited on 13 Novemberat Densities aren’t as important as we were told and Mirabell had it wrong too–to a point– and the 5 are still around, but also not, and–surprise! He moved to a small town on the Lightt coast and began to use the ouija board in his parlor overlooking the sea, spurred on by his boyfriend.

Feb 29, Fran rated it it was ok. Merrill with an Ouija board, takes dictation.

Jan 16, Terence Manleigh rated it it was amazing Shelves: