Robert Pack G. E. Murray - Essay

G. E. Murray

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

Robert Pack's Keeping Watch reveals not only the presence of a gifted writer but a gifted man, steadfast and insightful. With this, his seventh book, Pack finally and fully unearths his truest resources in family and homestead, while channelling the currents of his warm and level voice into episodes as large as song. He has in the past spent the blood of many poems searching the nature of his bloodline, particularly the troublesome spectre of his father. But in his last book, Nothing But Light (1974), there was evidence of a swing in perspective from the poet-as-son to the poet-as-father. And with Keeping Watch, the movement is reinforced and elaborated…. This is the tough stuff of which Pack is...

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