The Consolations of Science and Philosophy
- PUBLISHED: March 2021
- BIBLIOGRAPHIC INFORMATION: 118 Pages, 6 x 8.5 in
- ISBN: 9780899241838
Christopher Buckley’s latest book continues his exploration of how, despite the intellectual tools of science and philosophy, we are still somehow left with questions about identity, memory, love, loss, value, self, and God—not to mention the depredations of war. In his poetry and nonfiction, he has considered these matters in the belief that the answers to their mysteries are in the very act of pursuit. On every page is the work of a consummate artist who is also, recognizably, a companion spirit on the journey all of creation has been on all this time.
Straightforward, intensely lyrical, and totally accessible. This is a humble poetry of great truths and profound emotions that never overstates its concerns or the events both in and above the world. It rewards countless readings and never betrays itself.- Philip Levine, Ploughshares
Buckley’s gift for wide-ranging thinking meshes so gracefully with lovingly tender details, he feels like a companion voice for all time... and we are caught up in a spell of unfolding images, an arc of compelling music, and his passionate care for what we can and cannot change.- Naomi Shihab Nye
Buckley has an exquisite ear for language and a gutsy way of blending bravado with humility.- Library Journal