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The Possibility of Angels: A Literary Anthology

by Robert Melville

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Documentary filmmaker Sophie Biriotti has put together poems and stories that explore our fascination with angels. Beautifully illustrated by Peter Malone, the anthology brings together work by such mystics, moderns, and skeptics as William Blake, Wallace Stevens, and Sylvia Plath. Edgar Allan Poe's "Israfel" is one of the standouts, especially for its musicality: "In Heaven a spirit doth dwell / 'Whose heart-strings are a lute'; / None sing so wildly well / As the angel Israfel, / And the giddy stars (so angels tell), / Ceasing their hymns, attend the spell / Of his voice, all mute." The poems are hypnotic and intriguing, the illustrations are gorgeous, and the stories are terrific, including works by Flannery O'Connor and Franz Kafka, among others.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:25:47 -0400)

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