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New and Selected Poems: 1956-1996 Paperback – July 1, 1996


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  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: University of Arkansas Press; 1 edition (July 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557284202
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557284204
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,145,837 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Retold Bible stories, poetic travelogues, lyrics and love poems offer variety in this definitive collection. Many of Appleman's poems collapse under the weight of worthy messages, as in "Memo to the 21st Century," which laments that the fields and woods of Indiana are being replaced by concrete. About the Lascaux caves he writes, "...remember/ that nothing will keep your lives alive/ but art?the black and ochre visions/ you draw inside your cave." Appleman's poems (14 new here and 130 drawn from six earlier collections) rise above the average when he lets a single image dominate a poem or when he feels so strongly that his message becomes an anguished cry. A few poems seem glib, some undisciplined or self-indulgent. Lighthearted poems with a consistently sustained tone succeed, as do personal poems in which morals, rather than being forced, develop naturally from particular experience.
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"Appleman should gain well-deserved attention from this cohesive and substantial collection. His voice is quietly lyrical and deeply rooted in the everyday yet somehow drenched with passion"

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Philip Appleman (New York, NY) has published eight volumes of poetry, including Karma, Dharma, Pudding & Pie (Quantuck Lane Press, 2009); New and Selected Poems, l956-l996 (University of Arkansas Press, l996); three novels, including Apes and Angels (Putnam, l989); and half a dozen nonfiction books, including the widely used Norton Critical Edition Darwin, and the Norton Critical Edition of Malthus' Essay on Population. His poetry and fiction have won many awards, including a fellowship in poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Castagnola Award from the Poetry Society of America, the Friend of Darwin Award from the National Center for Science Education, and the Humanist Arts Award of the American Humanist Association. Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Indiana University, he is a founding member of the Poets Advisory Committee of Poets House, New York, a former member of the governing board of the Poetry Society of America, and a member of the Academy of American Poets, PEN American Center, Poets & Writers, Inc., and the Authors Guild of America.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 18, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Philip Appleman is one of the country's most important poets. This retrospective collection covers his career to date and is an excellent introduction to his work. Appleman's poems summon up a variety of emotions--alternatively anger, outrage, sadness and amusement. They never fail to be thought-provoking. A word of warning: Appleman is a humanist, and several of his pieces are criticial of religion. This is not greeting card verse, it's poetry for the mature intellect.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By EncausticThumb on January 7, 2007
Format: Paperback
Appleman's work deserved to be more widely read. This is a fantastic collection of poems that are alternately funny, angry, and profound, and always connect the day-to-day with the universal. The poems from "Darwin's Ark" perfectly marry the poetic with the scientific, and bring light and metaphoric power to the concepts of evolution, even where it may only apply to cars. Additionally, the poems from "Let There Be Light" bring humor (and a healthy sense of absurdity) to the stories and characters from the Bible, without ever mocking the subject matter. Rather, the characters here are wonderfully human-- and Appleman's version of Noah's Ark is both tragic and laugh-out-loud funny. His work feels more relevant in today's post-9/11 world than ever. This is a powerful collection that can stand with the finest in contemporary verse; Appleman's work is not to be missed.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Kevin M. Derby VINE VOICE on January 20, 2010
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Philip Appleman is one of the nation's leading poets and this fine collection from the University of Arkansas Press collects his greatest poems over the course of the four decades. Appleman is always insightful and his poems cover a wide range of topics, from a charming poem for Valentine's Day to poems about Charles Darwin to poems about religion and politics. Appleman is often a fine poet but a number of his poems do not live up to their full potential due to the author's strong opinions. Appleamn is a humanist and, when he is subtle about inserting his views in a poem, such as "The Voyage Home," he is a master poet. But he is not always so subtle. Sometimes, he hits you over the head with his viewpoint which is often hilarious (such as his poem "Noah") but sometimes it is a bit much and more preachy than poetry ("Last-Minute Message from a Time Capsule" and "Judas"). Conidering how good he can be when he was writing a subtle poem, it is fair to say that Appleman should have used the stilleto more and relied less on the sledgehammer. Appleman's religious skepticism shapes some of his finest but also some of his weakest poems. While these flaws ensure that Appleman will not be one of the kings of American poetry, he maintained a healthy barony for almost a half century. Readers will profit from reading this fine poet.
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By Lillian E. Goodman on August 16, 2013
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If you do not know this Poet, Do get aquainted with him.
A believe he is a fine Man and know he is a wonderful poet
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