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Moving outward from the territory of hearth and home he has mapped so well in earlier works, Dunn ( Between Angels ) demonstrates both old and new strengths in this slim, potent volume. A dark abstraction infuses the poems of Part I, as Dunn writes in "Bringing It Down" of the man who, observing a jet flying overhead, fantasizes its crashing and his heroism in rescuing survivors. In "The Man in the Forest," a lost man wandering in circles is observed wryly by wild animals that are sure of their place. Part II returns to familiar ground freshly observed, where "ordinary days of marriage / stretch out like prairie" ("Epithalamion"); here the poet celebrates "the ordinary mysteries, women / and men, the broken bridge / between us." Rhythmic and insistent, the rousing, lengthy "Loves"--comprising all of Part III--is a high-spirited, deliciously specific catalogue that ends, "I love how we go on."
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In the past, Dunn has been a spokesperson in our struggle with the everyday. His first seven collections have taken an intelligent, charming, and often wry look at the challenges we come up against as we try to live a quiet, normal life. This new volume has a greater range: standing at the edge of a new millennium, Dunn is aware of history, roles, and trends in the greater scheme of things. "Only a hero/would dare return with the truth." Truth is the matter of these poems; particularly, those who want it and those who seem content or even intent on having nothing to do with it. "Loves," a wonderful, uplifting long poem that closes the book, calls our attention to how much we enjoy but so often take for granted. We end up feeling that from this side of the precipice, with what light we have, things don't look so bad. Highly recommended.
- Louis Mc Kee, Painted Bride Arts Ctr., Philadelphia
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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (June 17, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393308537
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393308532
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,910,416 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book of poems is perhaps as good, or even better than his Pulitzer Prize winning 'Different Hours.' I have read most of his works, and was a writing student of his at Stockton State College. Equally good and a must read is Stephen Dunn's 'Between Angels.'
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Stephen Dunn’s collection of poems titled Landscapes at the End of the Century consists of three sections that are structured through a central theme that focuses on disillusionment. His book begins with an introductory poem titled “Allegory of the Cave” in which Dunn develops Plato’s philosophical approach to disillusionment; those unfortunate prisoners who are “captivated by shadows” (15) must exit their cave of illusory shadow-play; they must discover truth “in the sunlight”/ “and violence of history”/ “encumbered by knowledge” where “Only a hero would dare return with the truth” (15).
In part one, Dunn’s poem titled “Update” establishes a thematic structure, where Dunn reveals that the prisoners have departed from the cave: “There is the sky and here is the grass,” the speaker says. Dunn connects the ignorance inherent in those who are imprisoned in the cave with those who desired to embody truth since in comparison “Not much has changed” (19). Life beyond the confinement of the walls bears its own dark truth, as seen in the images Dunn provides his readers, including “the slavish city,” when once “there was a God,” “among our homeless,” where the “office” or the “prison” is “all the same to you” (19). Enlightenment for the prisoners therefore does not extend beyond the absurdity they discover in truth when “The imagination still opens the door” that “still turns on the light.”
In his fourth poem titled “What They Wanted,” Dunn presents his readers with his ultimate dilemma, “They wanted me to tell the truth,” but the speaker insists that truth would be too bold, perhaps, too disturbing, and instead explains, “All that I wanted was love” (21). Here, Dunn foreshadows an up-coming revelation: disillusionment is found through loving both the unpleasant and preferable moments.
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This book of poems is perhaps as good, or even better than his Pulitzer Prize winning 'Different Hours.' I have read most of his works, and was a writing student of his at Stockton State College. Equally good and a must read is Stephen Dunn's 'Between Angels.'
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His ability to capture the nuances of modern life are what keep me hooked. This is one of his best. It starts with a redo of Plato's Cave. Great insight into life and how little has changed since the original story was told so long ago.
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This was a gift for my sister, and was sent directly to her.
I loved the poems before I bought this collection ...
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