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1973, ISBN: 0393319091
Gerald Stern is often compared to Walt Whitman, and his verse does possess a similar oracular urgency. Yet his lines are shorter and more digestible to the modern ear, and his emotional sensibility is more likely to search for analogies in wildlife--maple trees and blue jays in Iowa backyards, spiders on New Jersey bridges--than in Whitman's worlds of labor and war. Stern was 48 years old when his first collection, Rejoicings, appeared in 1973. A quarter century later, he has selected his finest work for This Time. Immediately one notices a consistency of style and concern. Indeed, one of his earliest poems, "When I Have Reached the Point of Suffocation," foreshadows his major themes of desolation and survival: It takes years to learn how to look at the destruction of beautiful things; to learn how to leave the place of oppression; and how to make your own regeneration out of nothing. In his most moving poems, Stern witnesses this destruction of beauty and learns or resolves or forgets to take it on the chin. Many embody glimpses of delight made all the more poignant by their brief duration, the "one minute / to study the drops of silver hanging in the sun / before you turn the corner past the gatehouse." And though they focus intensely on their literal subjects, their scope expands to encompass what has been lost in this century--not just people and places, but an attainable sense of peace and solitude.
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The poems in this substantial volume, the majority of which are no longer available in other editions, have been selected from seven previous collections (1971-95).Among favorite poems redeemed, readers will rejoice to find "Lucky Life." Stern also offers a generous array of new poems under such titles as "Self-Portrait in His Sixties," "The Sounds of Wagner," and "Both of Them Were Sixty-Five," a poem about a meeting between the author's mother and Aaron Copland. There are moving tributes to Larry Levis, "Eggshell," and Allen Ginsberg, "Lilacs for Ginsberg." Throughout, Stern circles and addresses the themes that have always engaged him: love, hope, memory, and faith. Books, [PU: W. W. Norton]
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1999, ISBN: 9780393319095
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This Time: New and Selected Poems
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EAN (ISBN-13): 9780393319095
ISBN (ISBN-10): 0393319091
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