Title: North Street: Poems
Publisher: HarperCollins, Scranton, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
Publication Date: 2000
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Edition: First Edition.
Fine/Fine unread copy protected by Archival Brodart Cover. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 001132
Synopsis: Jonathan Galassi's second book of poems opens with a group of "dithyrambs," extravagant irregular compositions that evoke both the flow and ebb of the seasons and the currents of feeling in a life. Like the book as a whole, they draw on nature, history, and persona; history, the world outside and the world within--and on the treasure-house of language itself--as the poet works to find form for experience.
The forty poems in North Street are concerned with the space between "Turning Forty" and "Turning Fifty," between the assumption of maturity and the sighting of its limits. All are preoccupied in one way or another with the notion of an "otherwhere," a "world I don't believe in" in which the "water of memory" is washed by "the water of forgetfulness," and the "touch of forgiveness" allows " a guilty man" to "go free." It is between these poles--between the recognition of aloneness and gratitude for "the gnawing, the knowing,/the being and being here"--that the drama, the story of North Street, unfolds.
About the Author: Jonathan Galassi's first collection of poems, Morning Run, appeared in 1988. He has also published several volumes of translations of the Italian poet Eugenio Montale, most recently Collected Poems 1920-1954 in 19998. He is chairman of the Academy of American Poets and lives with his family in Brooklyn, New York.
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