A collection of poetry by Dennis Sampson.
“Sampsonesque—what is it? A sentence for Astaire’s feet. A sacramental sense of language. A sacramental sense of language. A listing, with graceful care, of what we learn is a burden of love and concern for the lives of those around him. Constant Longing chronicle a journey of a lifetime, starting innocently enough with flowers and heroically arriving at purity of mind after much suffering and studying. Central to the book’s constancies is a major sequence coming to understand himself standing alone at the vanished end of a marriage. As Sampson turns outward, the poem forms a canticle of vision and spiritual selflessness.”—Sandra McPherson
“Constant Longing is a remarkable book by a poet whose skill, talent and control can hardly be overestimated. There is an extraordinarily thoughtful mind at work here, with a spiritual underpinning that I find intensely moving. . . . Dennis Sampson must not be overlooked.”—Carolyn Kizer
DENNIS SAMPSON was born in South Dakota and graduated from South Dakota State University. He received his MFA from the University of Iowa in 1976. His first book, The Double Genesis, was published in 1985; his second, Forgiveness, in 1991. He has lived and taught throughout the southern and eastern United States, in Virginia, where he held the position of Margaret Banister Writer-in-Residence from 1996 to 1998 at Sweet Briar College, and in Alabama and Louisiana. He is Visiting Poet at Wake Forest University.