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"Mr. Carver is heir to that most appealing American poetic voice, the lyricism of Theodore Roethke and James Wright.... this book is a treasure, one to return to. No one's brevity is as rich, as complete, as Raymond Carver's."
--New York Times Book Review
"Carver's gifts as a storyteller shine through his poetry.... Sometimes a Carver poem also works as a short story, with all its elements--character, diction, place, event--compressed intact into the brevity of verse. And sometimes Carver delivers the goods in pure lyrical form, in words as full of yearning and sensibility as those of a very young man, but poems possessing the hard-won qualities of focus, stillness and irony only rewarded by experience."
--Los Angeles Times
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Raymond Carver was born in Clatskanie, Oregon, in 1938. His first collection of stories, Will You Please Be Quiet, Please (a National Book Award nominee in 1977), was followed by What We Talk About When We Talk About Love, Cathedral (nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in 1984), and Where I'm Calling From in 1988, when he was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He died August 2, 1988, shortly after completing the poems of A New Path to the Waterfall.From Library Journal:
Carver's poignant, soul-searching mini-narratives about deathinterspersed with descriptions of natural beautyare a test of relationships between parents and between lovers, a projection of a shattered family of man onto a screen before which the poet stands angry and amazed. "Attached/ to this world by nothing more than hope," the poet confronts each poem's episode of pain buoyed up by "the workings of comfort." His mind dwells on varieties of humiliationhaving his eardrum broken by a frozen snowball, working in an autopsy room where a man's "vital organs/lay in a pan beside his head," having earwigs crawl out of a rum cake. Yet he is resolved not to despair but to see these events as a part of "So much that is mysterious . . . happening out there." Frank Allen, Assoc. Dean, Continuing Education, Allentown Coll., Center Valley, Pa.
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Book Description Random House, 1986. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0394553799