James Merrill S Audacious And Dazzling Epic Poem, The Changing Light At Sandover, Remains As Startling Today As When It First Emerged In Separate Volumes Over A Period Of Several Years Individual Parts Won The Pulitzer Prize And The National Book Award, And The Entire Poem, When It Was Collected Into One Volume In 1982, Won The National Book Critics Circle Award It Is Now An American Classic, Here In A Definitive New Hardcover Edition That Includes Voices From Sandover, Merrill S Recasting Of The Poem For The Stage The Book Carries Us To The Scene Of Merrill S Ouija Board Sessions With His Partner, David Jackson The Candlelit Stonington Dining Room With Its Flame Colored Walls And The Famous Willowware Cup They Used As A Pointer In Their Occult Travels In A Shimmering Interplay Of Verse Forms, Merrill Set Down Their Extended Conversations With Their Familiar And Guide, Ephraim A First Century Greek Jew , W H Auden, W B Yeats, Plato, A Brilliant Peacock Named Mirabell, And Other Old Friends Who Had Passed To The Other Side JM Whom The Spirits Call Scribe And DJ Hand Are Also Introduced To The Lonely Eminence God B God Biology , His Sister Mother Nature, And A Host Of Angels And Lesser Residents Of The Empyrean Who Are Variously Involved In The Ways Of This World.The Laughter, The Missteps, And The Schoolroom Frustrations Of The Earthly Pair S Gradual Enlightenment Make This Otherworldly Journey, Finally, An Utterly Human One A Unique Exploration Of The Writer S Role In A Postatomic, Postreligious Age, Sandover Has Been Compared To The Work Of Yeats, Proust, Milton, And Blake Merrill S Tale Of The Joys And Tragedies Of Man S Powers, And His Message About The Importance Of Our Endangered Efforts To Make A Good Life On Earth, Will Stand As One Of The Most Profound Experiences Available To Readers Of Poetry.


10 thoughts on “The Changing Light at Sandover

  1. Laura Leaney Laura Leaney says:

    What I liked about this incredible epic poem is not so much the premise James Merrill and his real life lover hovering over a milk glass tabletop using a Willoware teacup for a Ouji Board pointer as they commune with spirits in a shoebox of a parlor but the spectacular language and phrasing The most gorgeous words and phrases are imbedded into a piece that is basically domestic in nature.For instance Oh very well, then Let us broach the matterOf the new wallpaper in Stonington.Readers i What I liked about this incredible epic poem is not so much the premise Jame...


  2. Daniel Daniel says:

    REMEMBER THIS IS NON FICTIONThe transcripts from the Ouija sessions are in special collections at Washington University in Saint Louis


  3. Amira Hanafi Amira Hanafi says:

    blah blah blahmy furniture


  4. Clare Clare says:

    Oh wait, poetry too Merrill can be mediocre but I ve dipped into and will never finish this book many times and enjoy its strangeness great title Merrill with an Ouija board, takes dictation Can t get over all the CAPS LOCK responses from the spirit world


  5. RB RB says:

    This is a must own masterwork from a poet with tremendous gifts and talent an, possibly, genius a dazzling work, possibly the single greatest achievement in poetry released in the second half of the last century that I ve read.


  6. H H says:

    frontier austerities from Mirabell How should you speak Speak without metaphor.Help me to drown the double entry bookI ve kept these fifty years You want from meScience at last, instead of tapestry Then tell round what brass tacks the old silk frays 1.6As every unloved child would like to think,We re after all these grown ups only linkWith life And they ours whose po...


  7. Amy Amy says:

    Richard Kenney suggested that I might get a kick out of this book, given my penchant for writing tarot card sonnets The Changing Light at Sandover is a 560 page epic poem, which was published in three separate installments between 1976 and 1980, and in its entirety in 1982.With his partner David Jackson, Merrill spentthan 20 years transcribing supernatural communications during s ances using a ouija board Already established in the 1970s 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 Changing Light at Sandover is a 560 page epic poem, which was published in three separate installments between 1976 and 1980, and in its entirety in 1982.With his partner David Jackson, Merrill spentthan 20 years transcribing supernatural communications during s ances using a ouija board Already estab...


  8. Meghan Meghan says:

    Admittedly, Merrill is not for everyone His poetry is dense, cyclical, scientific, and at times deliberately aloof Yet, this post modern epic poem deserves to be placed alongside T.S Elliot s The Wasteland as one of the great long poems of the 20th century A poem in the form of a Ouija board, a horde of deceased characters being channeled through Merrill s partnership with his lover, and fittingly dense ruminations on metaphysical concepts makes this daunting poem worth the read and the re Admittedly, Merrill is not for everyone His poetry is dense, cyclical, s...


  9. Luca Luca says:

    I slammed into a wall in the middle of this, and kind of gave up on it I getout of Merrill s shorter work, without the sci fi aspects of The Changing Light Not that I m particularly qualified to evaluate this magnum opus.


  10. Allison Allison says:

    I am no where near smart enough for this thing, but it s so beautiful.