Top positive review
A rare and short book that has a sense of eternity
Reviewed in the United States on May 11, 2018
A rare and thought-proving book on language, prose, poetry, art, painting, and creativity. “We live in the mind,” Stevens says in speaking about transmitting your imagination. There are moral and philosophical essays here and even the act of dying is examined. I especially liked his chapter on Imagination as Value. This is far more than a book about poets or poetry—Wallace Stevens being a poet who writes with grace and intelligence. I read this book along with his “The Collected Poems,” another compelling book to keep on the nightstand and read a poem a night. The thoughts in The Necessary Angel will certainly enlarge life and reality from the ordinary. His precise prose brings the action of the imagination into a deep perspective. It’s the kind of book you can open at random and find a line that opens you up as well.