Richard Foerster, |
The Burning of Troy
Although The Burning of Troy is a strong book, it's not an easy one to get through. Richard Foerster mourns the death of his lover in most of the poems, and the central theme, as a result, is carrying on when the one you love has died.
Foerster writes honestly and deeply of loss and can't help but experience it in the goings on of daily life. A meal reminds him of previous meals. Even nature plays to the loss theme; a carrier pigeon "Came to rest / in the small delta of the woodland garden / we'd wedged against the forest..." on the day the x-ray showed his lover's lung "ghost-laced with fluid."
With an adolescent's
What Foerster knows and what comes across in his work is that it is the small, mundane daily moments that make a life, whether by oneself or with another person. His poems celebrate that life while mourning deeply the loss of one of the reasons for living it.
by Michael Scott Cain