Northern Illinois University Press

Bells of Lombardy

Lucien Stryk

"Bells of Lombardy offers us a fresh, deep view of the world from this poet's clear self-measuring vision.... [He] works with marvelous syllabic musicality, finding a way of speaking in an unusually clear language that is at once art and the artful speech of a compassionate man."Choice

Bells of Lombardy, Lucien Stryk's twelfth collection of verse, is based on his stay in Bellagio. The volume begins with the short poem "Rooms," a haunting evocation of his war experience and student days. As both an elegy and a rite of passage, the poem concludes with the poet's awareness of the need for self-discovery through art. Then, in the book's title poem, Stryk, looking out on Lake Como and the mountains beyond during late srping, renders the extraordinary beauty and often wrenchingly dark past of a town and its region. We feel with him the pulse of daily life and, through the depth of his vision, respond to the richness of a complex world.
Commenting on Stryk's Collected Poems 1953-1983, a reviewer in the Library Journal concluded, "This collection affirms Lucien Stryk as one of our best poets working in America today." This book is certain to strengthen that affirmation.

(1986) 64 pp.
ISBN: 978-0-87580-127-8
cloth $18.00

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ISBN: 978-0-87580-127-8
cloth $18.00