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Interrogations at Noon: Poems Paperback – March 1, 2001
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On the other hand, through his struggle Gioia is able to create some brilliant lines within poems whose overall effect is something less: "With eyes that have forgotten how to see/From viewing things already too well-known" from "Entrance." Or "The future shrinks/Whether the past/Is well or badly spent" from "Curriculum Vitae." Within poems like "Pentecost" and "Three Songs for Nosferatu" it is possible to find some wonderful work as well.
In this collection, however, there are two poems that I think are wonderful through and through. In "Juno Plots Her Revenge" Gioia takes us on a long rant as Juno lists her complaints against Jupiter's unfaithfulness and plans her final revenge against Hercules, one of Jupiter's bastards. Poems with classical references are often fun because the poet is able to let his hair down and be bold using a mythological goddess as a mouthpiece. There is more energy and engaging language in this longer poem than in almost all of Gioia's other poems put together. Wonderful!
But my favorite poem in this collection may be "My Dead Lover." In it, Gioia writes of a person mourning a great love ("Your body was the first I ever knew/Better than my own.") with whom he really didn't get along ("How miserable we were together, dear").Read more ›
I'm always torn when reading it, and then torn again when deciding whether or not to underline. I want to leave it unbesmirched (not a word, I know — I'm telling, you read Gioia's poetry as an antidote to this review!) but I want to remember when I look at these lines again. Or maybe it's better to come fresh every time.
Gioia is known for specificity and language and rhythm and cadence. Also for rhymes, but he's as comfortable without as with. I've heard him speak once, and M has hosted him at the university where she works: he thinks A LOT about poetry, and work, and art, and effort. This produces a book of poems abut once every eight years or so. There are three others — and the first is running in the $30 range from the used book universe.
And you will use this book. That's a given.
But you decide whether to underline.
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Gioia is a wonderful poet. If you haven't experienced his writing - I recommend you do!Published 20 months ago by Elizabeth Vrenios
Indeed, there really seems to be a hidden depth behind Gioia's poems. Even if they don't penetrate on the first reading, something echos and I return, and find a voice speaking... Read morePublished on July 30, 2013 by R. Drexel Rayford
some of the poems are so touching that they are difficult to read aloud without choking up. highly recommend. this poet's work should be better known.Published on July 7, 2013 by peter weber
Dana Gioia is a poet and critic of international note who has authored a profusion of essays, reviews, translations, and anthologies. Read morePublished on July 4, 2001 by Midwest Book Review