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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; First Edition (pb first) edition (August 17, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 039331927X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393319279
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 5.9 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #776,195 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1936, Upstate New York
25th Anniversary
25th High School Reunion
After Agatha Christie
After An Absence
After Minor Surgery
The Almanac Of Last Things
The Animals
Anna At 18 Months
The Apple Shrine
Arithmetic Lesson: Infinity
The Arithmetic Of Alternation
Ars Poetica 2. Writing
Ars Poetica 3. Rejection Slip
Ars Poetica 4. Revision
Ars Poetica 5.ars Poetica
Ars Poetica 1. The Muse
Aspects Of Eve
At Indian River Inlet
At The Gynecologist's
At The Jewish Museum
At The Loom
Beech Avenue: The Fourth Of July
Between Generations
Bicentennial Winter
The Book
The Bookstall
The Bronx, 1942
Camping At The Headland Of The Rappahannock
Carnival Evening
Courbet's Still Life With Apples And Pomegranate
A Craving For Salt
A Dangerous Time
The Death Of A Parent
Death's Blue-eyed Girl
The Deathwatch Beetle
Detail From The Altarpiece At Ghent
The Dogwoods
Dream Plants
Dreaming Of Rural America
Duet For One Voice
An Early Afterlife
Emily Dickinson
The English Novel
Espaliered Pear Trees
Eyes Only
Fall In The Literary Review
Family Scene: Mid-twentieth Century
Family Tree
The Five Stages Of Grief
Folk Tale
Fruit Of The Tree
Funerary Tower: Han Dynasty
Go Gentle
Green Thumb
The Happiest Day
The Hat Lady
High Summer
Ice Age
Ideal City
The Imperfect Paradise: In The Garden
The Imperfect Paradise: Seasonal
The Imperfect Paradise: Somewhere In The Euphrates
The Imperfect Paradise: The Imperfect Paradise
In A Northern Country
In Back Of
In The Kingdom Of Midas
In The Middle Of A Life
In The Old Guerilla War
In The Rearview Mirror
Instructions To The Reader
It Is Raining On The House Of Anne Frank
January, 7 A.m.
Japanese Lantern
Journey's End
The Last Train
The Laws Of Primogeniture
Le Sens De La Nuit
Libation, 1966
Lost Luggage
The Lumberjacks
March 27
Market Day
Mcguffey's First Eclectic Reader
Meditation By The Stove
Misreading Housman
Mosaic 1. The Sacrifice
Mosaic 2. Near Sinai
Mosaic 3. The Flight Into Egypt
Mosaic 4. At The Armenian Tile Shop
Mother Eve
The Myth Of Perfectability
A Name
Narcissus At 60
Nature Morte
A New Poet
The Newborn
The News Of The World
Night Sounds
Notes From The Delivery Room
Notes To My Mother
The Obligation To Be Happy
October Catechisms
October Funeral
Old Photograph Album
An Old Song
Old Woman
On The Marginality Of Poets
On The Question Of Free Will
The Ordinary Weather Of Summer
Postcard From Cape Cod
The Printer
Proclamation At A Birth
Prosody 101
The Python At The Children's Zoo
Rachel (rachel [ra'chal,] A Ewe)
A Real Story
Realms Of Gold: 1. Recess
Realms Of Gold: 2. The Quarrel
Realms Of Gold: 3. Final Instructions
Red Fox
Rereading The Odyssey In Middle Age
Routine Mammogram
Rsvp Regrets Only
Sacred To Apollo
The Safecracker
Sculpture Garden
A Short History Of Judaic Thought In The Twentieth Century
The Sirens
Smoke Screen
Snow Showers, A Prothalamion
Snowing: A Triptych
Something About The Trees
Stationary Bicycle
Still Life
A Symposium: Apples
There Are Poems
There Is A Figure In Every Landscape
This Enchanted Forest: 1. Rumpelstiltskin
This Enchanted Forest: 2. Snow White
This Enchanted Forest: 3. The Princess And The Pea
This Enchanted Forest: 4. The Elves And The Shoemaker
This Enchanted Forest: 5. Gretel
Threads To Be Woven Later
To A Daughter Leaving Home
To A Second Son
To Consider A House
Waiting For My Life
A Walk Before Breakfast
Water Wheel
The Way The Leaves Keep Falling
Weather Forecast
What We Fear Most
What We Want
Who Is It Accuses Us?
Wind Chill
Woman Holding A Balance
You Are Odysseus
-- Table of Poems from Poem Finder®

Linda Pastan is one of America's truly fine poets working at the height of her powers. -- Michael Collier, Baltimore Sun

Pastan's unfailing mastery of her medium holds the darkness firmly in check. -- New York Times Book Review

Some critics point to Emily Dickinson when citing Pastan's lapidary style and metaphysical wit, a comparison that does justice to either poet when Pastan is at her best. -- Gettysburg Review

About the Author

Linda Pastan has twice been a finalist for the National Book Award. She lives in Potomac, Maryland.

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She handles her subjects well and her language well.
Linda Pastan brings to the reader the beauty and drama of living an ordinary life.
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Mediocre poet but I bought the book to see what she is like.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 19, 1999
Format: Paperback
Linda Pastan, for several years Maryland's poet laureate, has crowned several decades of her subtle, courageous writing with this compendium of beautiful poems. Pastan never shrinks from the deepest feelings, from her own shadows and demons, instead converts them into beauty and invites her readers to know her deeply. Her sense of meter, line breaks, word music are a model for young poets, and her subject matter, the corners of the heart, an inspiration and comfort to those of us who live with razor sharp sensitivity. She is a beacon still shining through the fog in an age where violence, bravado, and novelty dull the senses and lead us to shrink from ourselves. With her poetry, we return home to the delicate nuances of living, dreaming, loving, andmost of all, telling the truth.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By adead_poet@hotmail.com on May 20, 2003
Format: Paperback
Linda Pastan's book covers thirty years of her poetry, from 1968-1998, and it is a book worthy of having. Somone told me that Pastan was by no means a _great_ poet, but that she was a very good poet. There's no more accurate description of her work. She's not going to be another Frost or Plath or Dickinson or Bishop, but her work is enjoyable and quite well-written. There is a preponderance of religous and motherhood contained within, so be prepared. But that doesn't detract from the book. She handles her subjects well and her language well. I'll say it again, it is a good book and one I think you'll enjoy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jill I. Shtulman TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 29, 2009
Format: Paperback
It has been awhile since I picked up a good book of poetry -- a book that directly spoke to me with universal themes and that conveyed the beauty that's hidden within the ordinary tempo of life. Linda Pastan's poetry is simultaneously wise, clever, and heartbreaking, all at the same time. She doesn't shy away from uncomfortable themes: loneliness, despair, death. Yet she intersperses these themes with the sheer, exhilarating joy of the simple moments of life.

For me -- a daughter with an aging mother -- words such as "Everywhere the steam of life goes on, and I try to go with it, non-swimmer, paddler in a leaky canoe" resonated strongly. As a lover of books, I related to her poem that begins, "Just looking at them I grow greedy, as if they were freshly baked loaves waiting on their shelves to be broken open -- that one and that -- and I made my choice..." As one who has been hurt (as all of us have), I was astounded by, "Tonight I understand for the first time how a woman might choose her own death as easily as if it were a dark plum she picked from a basket of bright peaches." And as someone who married in midlife, I loved the poem Because: "Because I knew that after twenty years you'd bring the plants inside for winter and make a jungle we'd sleep in naked; because I had free will; because everything is ordained; I said yes."

Linda Pastan speaks to all of us, particularly all of us women. Her poems deserve to be celebrated.
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By David E. Stringer on July 3, 2014
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great quality and found very good, as posted, as well as promptness in delivery appreciated - many thanks
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We used this text for a poetry class. These poems speak to the everyday and of themes like grief, spirituality, nature, children, parents, death, poets, art, and happiness. One of my favorite poems she wrote is on Emily Dickinson, the poet. Fun to look at a gifted poet through another poet's eyes. There's a sadness and poignancy in many of her poems. Love them, though. Reading her poetry expands your sense of language's possibility.
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