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Theres a certain uniformity of expression that borders on monotony in this second volume by the Wichita State University professora collection that explores silence and solitude in language that is somber and without much rhythm. Dingss austere and attenuated metaphysics, with its relentless abstraction, allows for few things, or people, or places, but his poems are nevertheless accessible and proceed often by contraries: presence vs. absence, perception vs. reality, memory vs. forgetting. In these colorless lyrics, Dings searches among the ruins of the past for rare moments of kindness or a moment / fully lived, and in his fine poem The Rehearsal, he nicely restates the oft-held wish that this life were a warm-up for another chance. Dingss serious verse seems prayer-like: He finds joy in church music; he regrets all those things left undone in The Unlived, and he warns against those sublime impediments of the flesh in the puritanical Bodily Beautiful. In numerous pieces, including the title homage to another man of silence and intimate alienation, Dings seeks a common gravity that the family in The Family Gatherings discovers in their shared past and the prospect of death. Even his lighter poemsset off with the title Scherzopursue the same themes, especially when he humorously identifies himself with Prufrock. Eventually, Dingss tendency to animate abstract ideas weighs down the volume (the weeds of misanthropy, the wings of despair, the body of the ordinary, the skin of your perception). The final poem, which reconsiders Hart Cranes suicide as an immersion (not a failure), allows Dingss own morbidity to triumph in an otherwise decent volume. -- Copyright ©1999, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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At The Grand Canyon
The Bodily Beautiful
The Carousel
Chains Of Change
Claims Of The Past
Dido
Dissertation On Dogs
Eulogy For A Private Man
Expeditions Of A Misanthrope
The Family Gatherings
The Fire
The Force Of Intent
The Gift
The Glowing Coal
In The Absence Of Rain
In The Humid Zone
In The Season Of Memory
The Last Voyage
Letter To A Friend
Letter To Genetically Engineered Superhumans
The Man And The Cemetery Effigy
Migratory Flight
The Past
Planes
Prufrock Meets A Colleague
The Rehearsal
Revelations
Sunday Evening
To My Tongue
Transitory Music
Two Sketches Of Solitude; A Young Man By The Sea
Two Sketches Of Solitude; An Old Man By The Sea
The Unlived
The Woman With Gravitas
Words
Words For A Perfect Evening
-- Table of Poems from Poem Finder®

Not every poem here is as fluid as one might wish, but Dings achieves a great deal in terms of defining the human condition. -- The New York Times Book Review, Melanie Rehak --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Triquarterly; 1 edition (September 25, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810150948
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810150942
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,629,826 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Roger Lathbury on November 13, 1999
Format: Paperback
Fred Dings is one of the most accomplished poets to emerge in the 1990's. In this second collection, Dings's steady eye and perfectly tuned ear evoke a universe where "Each swirl and eddy of the world, each smell, / flavor, hue, touch, and tone . . . / burn inside the flame of attention." This accessible volume enriches the attentive mind with enlarged possibilities of understanding. Poem after poem displays a sure sense of form (Dings is especially effective with variations on terza rima) and imagery reaching the highest levels of understanding and sometimes beyond, yet all is grounded in sensual experience. Consciously lovely, with a painterly sense of suggestion and color and a verbal music as fine as the idea of music itself, *Eulogy for a Private Man* is a very moving book--a cause for celebration for every serious reader.
Roger Lathbury
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By A Customer on November 20, 1999
Format: Hardcover
As a reader of contemporary poetry, one hesitates to call a new work "great"-- and rightfully so. The fadish trends of styles and schools come and go, and it is easy to be swept up by a new work, an new voice, at the moment, and to help upon it premature and unearned laurels. Only time, perhaps, can truly measure a work's gravity and power. Yet, there appears, from time to time, certain works by new up -and -coming poets that immediately and recongizably assert themselves as "the real thing"--additions to the body of American poetry that, because of their obvious artistry, will surely last. One thinks of the classic early "breakthrough" books that in their originality of voice and expert craftsmanship marked the entrance of a new and exciting poetic presence on the scene. Such a new book is Fred Dings' Eulogy For A Private Man. The thirty-five poems in this collection display a fusion of the highest intellect with an impeccable ear and attention to detail. Almost seamless in their subtle craftsmanship, the poems reveal a willingness to plumb the depths of traditional form in order to get to a liberating "deeper place"--without heavy-handedness. In both highly controlled free verse and more traditional poems, Dings is at ease with his own voice and modes of expression. This voice is varied, but most often elegaic, philosophical, and earthy. Such a unique combination in the hands of a poet of Dings' caliber, renders poems at once beautiful, intellectually penetrating, and darkly inspiring.Read more ›
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By A Customer on October 6, 1999
Format: Paperback
Dings isn't a showman; he is the authentic thing. His poems aren't flashy, but they are real, filled with real things and people. An impressive book of poems.
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