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Product Details

  • Paperback: 88 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf; 1St Edition edition (March 25, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679766014
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679766018
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,554,570 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Merwin's new book of poems is expectedly dazzling and profoundly of a piece. It is concerned with the people and the countryside of the relatively unknown part of southwest France with which he has been associated for many years. Part lyrical, part narrative, these poems are the work of a master. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Here is a memoryscape of days spent in a remote part of France: gardens and woods recalled in rich detail, mist which has "found/ its way without sight into the hoofprints of cows," changes of season whence arise a transcendent fox, a snake reclaiming its skin, an old woman with a safebox of ash. Merwin, now 68 (his first collection, A Mask for Janus, was published in 1952), outgrew his need for punctuation about three decades ago. Periods and commas, he has said, "staple the poems to the page." And, indeed, freed of pauses and built from long lines that flow seamlessly into one another, these pieces soar with a polished dreaminess that returns to itself in the shape of a worn millstone "...carved long before in the form/ of a fox lying nose in tail seeming to be/ asleep the features worn almost away where it/ had gone around and around grinding grain and salt/ to go into the dark and to go on and remember." The present is stitched tight onto the past, the poems are at once pastoral and narrative, and none comes to a definitive end. Instead, each dissipates, the way a complicated flavor dissolves on the tongue.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

W.S. Merwin is the 17th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry of the United States. He is the author of over fifty books of poetry, prose, and translations. He has earned every major literary prize, most recently the National Book Award for 'Migration: New and Selected Poems' and the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for 'The Shadow of Sirius.' He lives in Hawaii where he raises endangered palm trees.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Billyjack D'Urberville on September 26, 2005
Format: Paperback
This is a major work, standing towerlike above quite a bit of rubble of the last 80 years. The modern era of American poetry produced some great effects with its wide open experimentation and daring, propelled by Pound and Eliot and carrying through the 1960s. But in recent decades, one might have wondered what a poet was supposed to do next. Every stunt both stylistic and personal had been tried. We produced our own graveyard school of poets whose death notices, usually by suicide or other misadventure, arrived before their major works.

Merwin, who was there too, now demonstrates what a poet still has to do: tell stories, remember the important days, find the connections, and convey it all with deep feeling and conviction. Each poem in this set is a gem of descriptive remembrance, perfectly pitched. Some years ago we had the gift of Robert Penn Warren going into his grand stride in late maturity. Merwin, entering his own bardic phase, teaches us again something of the fruits of maturity, a lesson too infrequently heard in our great continuing national romance with the young and the reckless, the fast life and the beautiful corpse. Reading and hearing him is something more than pleasure and satisfaction -- it is a real need personally and generally. Spread the word.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 27, 2000
Format: Paperback
These moving poems stay with you. With their graceful flatness, many feel like strange, shimmering fragments of narrative; there is an interplay of mystery and revelation that opens onto a new--or forgotten--realm of poetic experience.
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By The Kindle Book Review on July 24, 2014
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