The Past, the Future, the Present: Poems Selected and New

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Frequently touched by whimsy, sometimes plainly humorous, always serious in their constant concern for the commonplace, Reed Whittemore's poems retain a remarkable freshness in this retrospective of his best work from 1946 to the present. What is perhaps most distinctive about Whittemore's voice is how deceptively ordinary it is. Here is someone who thinks and talks astonishingly like everybody else in poems that could have been written by nobody else.

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Alfred Lord Tennyson
All Over Town
An American Takes A Walk
The Author, Critic And Cultural Messenger
Black Cross
The Boy From Iowa (canto 1)
The Boy From Iowa (canto 2)
The Boy From Iowa (canto 3)
The Boy From Iowa (canto 4)
The Boy From Iowa (canto 5)
The Boy From Iowa (canto 6)
The Boy From Iowa (canto 7)
The Boy From Iowa (canto 8)
By My Window
Chauntecleer
Clamming
The Conservative
The Crash
A Day With The Foreign Legion
Dead-walk
Death
The Departure
The Desk
The Destruction Of Washington
Diana
The Elm City
The Existence Of Truth
The Fall Of The House Of Usher
A Fascinating Poet's Diary
The Feel Of Rock (1)
The Feel Of Rock (2)
For The Life Of Him And Her
The Foxes And The Grapes
Genesis Revised
The Girl In The Next Room
Haikuing It
Hester Prynne
The High School Band In September
The Iron Garage
It Is Hard
Jane Jane
Juice
Lady Ashley
The Last Resource
The Lizard
The Lovers
Metamorphosis
The Mind
Moll Flanders
The Mother's Breast And The Father's House
Mother's Past
My Nation's Hero
Narrative
Notes On A Certain Terribly Critical Piece
Ode To New York
On Looking Through A Photo Album (of Viet Cong Prisoners)
On Reading S. S. Van Dine In The Canned Goods Section
On The Death Of Someone Close
On The Suicide Of A Friend
Other
The Party
The Past, The Future, The Present (the Future)
The Past, The Future, The Present (the Past)
The Past, The Future, The Present (the Present)
Paul Revere's Ride
Philanthropist
The Poets Of The Fields
Psalm
Purity
The Quest
Reason In The Woods
Reflections Upon A Recurrent Suggestion By Civil Defense ...
The Renaissance Man
The Rise And Fall Of A Deciduous Tree
Rocks
A Short History Of The Market
Song Of The Patient Patient
Still Life
The Storing Of The Soul
A Storm From The East
Sunday
A Tale Of A Poem And A Squash
A Teacher
Tess
Thinking Of Tents
This Is It
Three Poems To Jackson (1)
Three Poems To Jackson (2)
Three Poems To Jackson (3)
Three Sonnets To Time (1)
Three Sonnets To Time (2)
Three Sonnets To Time (3)
To Despise One's Country
Today
A Treasure
Variations On Being Thirty
Waves In Peoria
What Was It Like?
When Father Left In The Morning
White Cross
A Winter Shore (five)
A Winter Shore (four)
A Winter Shore (one)
A Winter Shore (three)
A Winter Shore (two)
Wordsworth And The Woman
Writer And Reader
-- Table of Poems from Poem Finder®

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Essayist, editor ( Furioso, Carlton Miscellany, New Republic ), and former Library of Congress consultant in poetry, Whittemore (b. 1919) is our quiet American man of letters. This work selects the best from nine volumes of poetry written since 1946 and adds seven new poems. With a hard-won devotion to "clarity and intelligence," Whittemore exhibits a detachment from the excesses of postmodernism and infuses his satire with compassion. His sad meditations on mortality have a genial humor that takes the edge off New Critical irony. Almost half a century of literary labor is sustained by adherence to technical protocol (rhyme, sonnet form) and a deep love of simple eloquence. "I know a mind, soul, whose time now leads it/ Shoreward to silence," says Whittemore. The more one listens to his poetry, the more it resonates. This poetry needs no "hype."-- Frank Allen, Regents Coll., Albany,
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