A Sun Within a Sun: The Power and Elegance of Poetry by Claire Chi-ah Lyu
Reviewed by Wade Edwards
The Virginia Quarterly Review
"If Baudelaire had the popular reach of Dr. Phil, this book would be an instant bestseller, so inspirational is its message, so articulate its conclusions. In evocative prose and far-reaching scholarship, Lyu attempts to distill the astounding, impulsive power of poetry ? its spiritual value, its serious frivolity ? and succeeds beautifully. Poetry, Lyu writes in her powerful prologue, 'insists that we abandon and awaken from the deceptive comforts of habit and addiction. Risk is the willingness to open up the limited and limiting circle of the familiar and the easy...' " Read the entire Virginia Quarterly Review review.