Distinguished poet and novelist Jay Parini presents some of his best essays -- both classic and unpublished works -- on topics ranging from baseball to Frost and Emerson to the culture of creative writing. For aspiring writers, "Some Necessary Angels" is an illuminating glimpse into the workshop of a distinguished novelist and critic. For readers who share Parini's love of language, it is an invigorating expression of faith.
Parini's prose, like his poetry, is fluid and generous. As a working poet, he is able to distill to its essences his subjects'work. These essays are imminently approachable. American Book Review Eloquent, clear and learned, without being pedantic, these essays provide a voyage into delight. Publishers Weekly Parini's book is a find; it is large enough to speak authoritatively on poetry and poetics, but intimate enough to linger on the language. Virginia Quarterly Review