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"The Palm at the End of the Mind, superbly edited by Holly Stevens, will be the definitive text for students and readers of Wallace Stevens for several decades. Unlike earlier selected volumes, it gives all the major long poems and sequences, and every shorter poem of lasting value. Its arrangement in probable order of composition clarifies the entire shape of Stevens development, particularly by its restoration of crucial late lyrics the poet simply forgot to include in the Collected Poems. Other major benefits given us by the volume include the convenience of having in one place the best of Collected Poems, Opus Posthumous, and the poems heretofore available only in The Necessary Angel. Add to this the powerful early poem 'For an Old Woman in a Wig', the play Bowl, Cat and Broomstick, the prose statement on the poetry of war, the restored lines of 'The Man Whose Pharynx Was Bad,' and a number of vital textual corrections throughout, and some sense of the enormous value of this book will be achieved. Here is the indispensable presentation of a central American poet, the best and most representative of our time."
-- Harold Bloom, Yale University
A collection that all the major long poems and sequences, and every shorter poem of lasting value in Stevens' career. Edited by Holly Stevens, it includes some poems not printed in his earlier Collected Works.See all Editorial Reviews
As deep and hauntingly beautiful as english language poetry can be. Many of the poems function like perfect philosophical sound sculptures, their articulation and resonance... Read morePublished 6 months ago by andthen
These poems are sometimes thought to be difficult. That’s a bad rap. The poems mean exactly what they say and little “interpretation” is needed. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Marty
The best collection of Wallace Stevens' works, including the Snowman, 13 ways of looking at a blackbird, and more. Read morePublished 20 months ago by anargol
I feel it's always hard for a new reader to approach a writer like Stevens--that is, a writer erudite, difficult, and brilliant in the extreme. Read morePublished on June 25, 2012 by Lazar
This collection of writings by one of America's most important 20th century poets is giving me tremendous personal pleasure and is invaluable to anyone who cares about poetry. Read morePublished on April 9, 2011 by Jay Kobler
The Palm at the End of the Mind is the book referenced by Harold Bloom in his great study: Wallace Stevens, The Poems of Our Climate. Read morePublished on March 20, 2007 by David Adams
If poets aren't interested in being understood, they will have to resign themselves to being read by no one except English Lit drones. Read morePublished on May 1, 2006 by Ingles
I have had a love affair with Wallace Stevens' work and "The Palm at the End of the Mind" for almost three decades. Read morePublished on July 3, 2004 by Beulah Begonia Day