Poetry was as important to Raymond Carver as his short stories and this collection sounds a key-note of enjoyment in the present rather than regret for the past. In the introduction, his widow gives a moving account of his last days, his love of Chekhov and the poems of Czeslaw Milosz.
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For The Record
His Bathrobe Pockets Stuffed With Notes
Hummingbird (for Tess)
In A Greek Orthodox Church Near Daphne
Looking For Work (2)
The March Into Russia
The Moon, The Train
The Offending Eel
On An Old Photograph Of My Son
The Painter & The Fish
This Word Love
Through The Boughs
What The Doctor Said
The World Book Salesman
The Young Girls
Return To Krakow In 1880
-- Table of Poems from Poem FinderŪ
Though Carver is generally acknowledged to be a master of the short story, his first published work was poetry, and this collection, his last work, was completed shortly before his untimely death. His poetry is as recognizably his own as his stories and like them evokes depths of meaning beneath a surface simplicity. In her moving introduction, Carver's widow, writer Tess Gallagher, notes how often a particular poem calls to mind a corresponding story, and the reverse is also true. Indeed, to know Carver by his prose is to know him only partially. Master at illuminating those often mundane moments that starkly dramatize entire lives, Carver was also master at creating mood, and many of these poems have a striking lyrical intensity, especially when Carver unflinchingly faces death while celebrating life. A coda to a remarkable literary career.
- Charles Michaud, Turner Free Lib., Randolph, Mass.
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Book Description The Harvill Press, 1989. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 2710439