Friday, July 28, 2017

Tad Cornell's The Needle's Eye

Published by Juggling Teacups Press, United States (2016)

Tad Cornell has produced 109 sonnets threaded together like pearls on a strand. The poems deal with a variety of themes, including Hollywood films, Native American legends, early US history, and disasters and human delinquency. The author offers insights on found objects that speak of yearning for an abiding home. The work is sometimes quirky, but in an elegant way. He has mastered the sonnet.
"Tad Cornell's beautifully crafted and sonorous poems create a high formal music that explores mysteries, sacred and secular. He is a Catholic poet of substance and originality." -Dana Gioia, Laetare Medal the American Book Award winner, and former chair, National Endowment for the Art

"Cornell’s poems remind one of Dylan’s panoply of personae, although the characters here appear with even more suddenness and effect (however impossible it may seem) than 'Einstein disguised as Robin Hood' or 'the Phantom of the Opera in the perfect image of a priest.' We meet the imaginary(?) 'Sorrowful Jones,' throughout the work, but at intervals are treated to cameos by figures as diverse as Martha and George Washington, Katherine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart , Pau-Puk-Keewis and Manabozho, and, of course, G.K. Chesterton, whose influence upon the writer is evident." -Joseph Grabowski, friend of the poet

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