Book by McClatchy, J. D.
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McClatchy's second collection, like his Scenes from Another Life ( LJ 3/15/81), is a highly formal and erudite one, pre cise, restrained, and inventive. His at tention to formal conceits gives shape to his major theme: the dichotomy be tween experience and art, between what is lived and what is imaginedthe estranged self. This is perhaps most movingly realized in two poems about the art of poetry which frame the book. The first is about a deaf girl who watch es a friend silently mouth the poet's verses ("the poem come/ from some one else's lips, as it can"); the second about the poet (Ovid) in exile, like a "boy into death, the bit of life/ Strand ed in a song, or its singer." Exile, trans formation, wonder are all constants in this work by a poet who delights in wordplay. While mostly discursive, this collection also contains a series of highly polished country lyrical sketch es. This is challenging, though often il luminating work. Robert Hudzik, P.L. of Cincinnati & Hamilton Cty.
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Book Description MacMillan Publishing Company., 1986. Paperback. Book Condition: Used: Good. Ex-library hardbound with clear cover over jacket. Pages unmarked, modest wear. Bookseller Inventory # 22707
Book Description Macmillan Publishing Co., New York, NY, U.S.A., 1986. Quarter Cloth. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. A book described by Anthony Hecht as "An exciting, brilliant book of poems. Its theme concerns the confusions, disguises, deceptions, and intrigues of selfhood." John Ashbery said "McClatchy focuses a luminous lens on the difficulties of living and loving in the late twentieth century. The resulting poetry is both rueful and exhilarating." (blue cloth spine with paper-covered boards, sligtht edgewear; decorative dust jacket with some edgewear, otherwise a bright, clean, tight copy; photo of author on rear cover). Bookseller Inventory # 001082
Book Description MacMillan Publishing Company. December 1985, 1985. Trade Paperback. Book Condition: Used - Very Good. Hardcover edition. Very nice clean, tight copy free of any marks. Wrapped in complimentary Brodart dust jacket protector. Bookseller Inventory # 218878
Book Description Macmillan, New York, 1986. Hardcover. First edition. Fine in near fine dustwrapper with a little sunning on the front panel. Signed by the author. Bookseller Inventory # 89899
Book Description MacMillan Publishing Company., 1986. Paperback. Book Condition: Good. Good condition, some are ex-library and can have markings. Bookseller Inventory # GD-198-20-9637009
Book Description MacMillan Publishing Company., 1986. Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good. Very good. Bookseller Inventory # HH-198-20-9637009