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Greatest Hits (The New Issues Press Poetry Series) Paperback – December 1, 1998

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Product Details

  • Series: The New Issues Press Poetry Series
  • Paperback: 67 pages
  • Publisher: New Issues Pr; 1st edition (December 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0932826636
  • ISBN-13: 978-0932826633
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,794,111 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Language is his music and his ear is tuned to it-from liner notes to riff and nuance, this book's sections shift and change between belonging and alienation as they travel the heart's path. This poet speaks of and for the human spirit as he explores our connection with the natural world and with each other. -- Judith Minty

"Greatest Hits is a powerful and welcome debut." -- Thomas Lynch

These are such well-made poems. Manifest is the sharp edge of self-editing and a careful ear. Sheehan understands the traffic between myth and biography, the space between utterance and quiet. Greatest Hits is a powerful and welcome debut. -- Thomas Lynch

These poems display poise and resilience in their constant effort to maintain balance in an often rocky present and in the face of an always uncertain future looming around "the next unpaved turn." Sheehan finds music wherever he can-takes solace in it, celebrates it-the music that blurs the line between "where the body ends and the world begins." The music of this book will stay with you long after you close it. Greatest Hits is a remarkable collection. -- Jim Daniels

About the Author

Marc Sheehan has been awarded grants from the NEA and the MCACA. His poems have appeared in Pennsylvania Review, Cincinnatti Poetry Review, American Literary Review, Sycamore Review, High Plains Literary Review, and elsewhere.

More About the Author

Marc J. Sheehan is the author of the poetry collections Greatest Hits and Vengeful Hymns. He has received grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Michigan Council for the Arts and the Hopwood Foundation. For several years he was associate editor of the literary journal, Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction, published by Michigan State University Press. He is communications officer for Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 23, 1998
Format: Paperback
GREATEST HITS by Marc Sheehan is a book that has taken over 25 years to write. Filled with wonderful poems, mature poems, seasoned poems, this is not like your typical first book of poetry. Sheehan's voice carries the pain, loss, certainty and wisdom gained only through experience. Even though most poems contain elements of sadness and loss, they struggle forward toward life, toward affirmation, toward that flimsy grace most of us hope for. Covering a wide range, the poems in GREATEST HITS will touch your heart, your intellect, your gut. These are excellent poems from a poet, Marc Sheehan, who has worked diligently for years honing his craft, worrying more about writing for writing's sake than for publication or tenure. I highly recommend GREATEST HITS, a book whose title is more appropriate than most people would understand.
David James
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Timothy J. Bazzett on November 4, 2009
Format: Paperback
I don't have many collections of poetry on my shelves - works by Raymond Carver, Donald Hall, and Neal Bowers are a few that come to mind. And the truth is I came to those books by first reading prose books by the authors. But the only books Marc Sheehan has published are two slim volumes of poems. Greatest Hits was his first one, and it came out over ten years ago. (This year he published his second collection, Vengeful Hymns, which I'll be getting to soon.) A poet for probably thirty-five years, Sheehan obviously has no illusions about his craft or how it fits in the overall scheme of today's world. Indeed, in one of his poems here, "On Being an Adult," in which he meditates on his own life and that of the French poet Arthur Rimbaud, there is a telling line which says, "... in America we don't read poems." Of course, he's right. We are a country who prefers Rambo to Rimbaud. (Although I think the pronunciation is very similar, if Van Morrison got it right, I mean.) And I'm guilty too. I don't read poetry - usually. And yet I found myself caught up in these poems. The subjects, although viscerally personal, are also universal. Love found and then lost; marriages gone awry; feelings of failure, loneliness and despair. In "First Marriage," - a casually entered upon college contract:

"They found their rings in a velvet-lined box of costume jewelry in a head shop just off campus. Their wedding photos show the two of them wearing the tell-tale goofy grins of very good Columbian ..."

Showing perhaps lessons learned, "Second Marriage" portrays a groom who "knows how to fix almost anything he can work a wrench around. And what he doesn't know he is determined this time to figure out, or live with broke."

But there is, too, a sense of humor here, as there has to be.
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