Before a Common Soil


Poet Ifeanyi Menkiti offers these poems in memory of his longtime friend John Langstaff, and "in acknowledgement of the power of song to heal a divided world."

Price: $16.50
Item Number: PC6329

Menkiti, a philosophy professor at Wellesley College, owns the Grolier Poetry Book Shop, a Harvard Square fixture, once frequented by poets T.S. Eliot, Marianne Moore and e.e. cummings. This tribute to John Langstaff is a gift to all who knew him.

To take the glory
which belongs
to the mountain

and give the glory
back to the mountain

because the mountain
is very high
it is so very high;

a song I heard yesterday
as the sun
was going down

the song is still
in a corner
of my mind

the song, it will last
as long
as the mountains last