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New and Collected Poems

Wilbur, Richard

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ISBN 10: 0151652066 / ISBN 13: 9780151652068
Published by Harcourt, Orlando, Florida, U.S.A., 1988
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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First edition stated with appropriate letter code. Blue cloth spine over blue boards, gilt titles. Poems arranged in chronological reverse, with newest appearing first. An unread copy with reviewer materials & author photo laid in. Some tiny spots at top & foreedge, else near fine in like DJ. 393 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 1605

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Title: New and Collected Poems

Publisher: Harcourt, Orlando, Florida, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1988

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: 1st Edition.

Book Type: Book

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Synopsis:

Spanning four decades of work and encompassing the poet's six previously published volumes of poetry, twenty-seven new poems, and a cantata, this volume represents the lifetime work of the man invested as Poet Laureate of the United States, October 1987

Review:

These collected poems of the Poet Laureate of the United States are, despite the prevailing view of modern poetry, a monument to the accessible and the beautiful. The language is lush, full "of heat and juice and heavy jammed excess," and deeply thoughtful. His concern for careful human stewardship of nature extends also to the artist's creative struggle to capture the truth of the world. One poignant poem, "The Writer," addresses this through his reaction to listening outside the door as his daughter earnestly struggles to compose a story on her typewriter: "It is always a matter, my darling/Of life or death, as I had forgotten. I wish/ What I wished you before, but harder." The collection won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1989.

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