Messenger: New and Selected Poems 1976-2006 and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
  • List Price: $25.95
  • Save: $2.83 (11%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Only 3 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by
Gift-wrap available.
+ $3.99 shipping
Used: Good | Details
Sold by big_river_books
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: Cover and pages may have some wear or writing. Binding is tight. We ship daily Monday - Friday!
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Messenger: New and Selected Poems 1976-2006 Hardcover – Deckle Edge, January 29, 2007

See all 3 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
"Please retry"
Hardcover, Deckle Edge
"Please retry"
$13.91 $0.91

Frequently Bought Together

Messenger: New and Selected Poems 1976-2006 + Distant Lands: An Anthology of Poets Who Don’t Exist
Price for both: $38.10

Buy the selected items together

Hero Quick Promo
Year-End Kindle Daily Deals
Load your library with great books for $2.99 or less each, today only. Learn more

Product Details

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. Consistently respected by her contemporaries, Voigt's quiet but often violently powerful poems of autobiography, pastoral and history have not always gained the broad attention they deserve. This seventh book (her first retrospective) may ensure that she gets it. Voigt's descriptive powers pop out first: a snake, for instance, is a "wrinkle coming toward me in the grass." Her anecdotes, scenic lyrics, parables and loosely structured sequences ask, however, to be judged for the ways in which they depict people—the poet, her husband, her sisters, their ailing and dying parents, or, in Kyrie (1995), the victims of the devastating flu epidemic of 1918. Voigt seems to know a lot about birds and bird-watching, and even more about the classical piano repertoire; these specialties further enliven the sensitive poems of domestic and wild spaces she has composed throughout her career, from a catalogue of birds early on to a recent "redbird fixed on the branch like a ripe fruit." Voigt's latest and most original poetry delves furthest into the human interior, finding—like a friendlier, warmer version of Voigt's longtime friend Louise Glück—the hidden motives behind all human endeavor: "the past," she writes, "is not a scar but a wound;/ I've seen it breaking open." (Jan.)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

From Booklist

Most poets evolve over the years--tightly compressed lyrics giving way to a looser, more expansive line is a common trajectory--but Voigt was herself from the beginning. In this beautifully muted and remarkably consistent sampling from Voigt's previous six collections and a set of new poems, the hallmarks of her early work carry through to the end: a taut, often pentameter line, a neo-Romantic absorption in rural landscapes, a fondness for the dramatic monologue, and crystalline endings that avoid the trap of summing things up too neatly. She's best in elegiac mode, collating the past and making it bearable. Her monologues--including several from Kyrie (1995), which recalls the American influenza epidemic of 1918--are admirable but sometimes lack voices distinct from the poet's own. If Voigt generally stays well away from the emotional precipices where some of her peers (Sharon Olds, Louise Gluck) regularly camp out, she compensates with a psychic and technical maturity that renders pyrotechnics of any sort unnecessary. Kevin Nance
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

There are no customer reviews yet.
5 star
4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star
Share your thoughts with other customers

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?