Four and Twenty Blackbirds Soaring
Hardback and Paperback: 91 pp.
This sampler, divided into six sections, each containing eight poems devoted to one subject — Imagination, Alienation, Lovesongs, Poet, The Heartland, and Transcendence — introduces Brodsky's readership to the breadth of his thematic range and might indeed be considered a "garden book of verse."
Formalist in structure but "confessional" in tone, Brodsky's poems are civilized, urbane, polite, their language . . . akin to that of good, cultured conversation.
A collection that represents the best of Louis Brodsky's poetry. It contains all the variations . . . keenly edged satire . . . elegant and witty whimsy . . . the charming meditation on man's estate in this world.
— Cleanth Brooks, author of The Well Wrought Urn: Studies in the Structure of Poetry
My Flying Machine
Once again, I'm integrated with machinery,
The same flesh that protects my bones