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Stricter Means: Selected Earlier Poems

Hoey, Allen

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ISBN 10: 0979668468 / ISBN 13: 9780979668463
Published by Tamarack Editions, 2010
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Title: Stricter Means: Selected Earlier Poems

Publisher: Tamarack Editions

Publication Date: 2010

Book Condition:Very Good

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Stricter Means presents a selection of poems drawn from four earlier collections, as well as a sampling of uncollected poems and previously published translations. Deeply grounded in nature and rooted in spirituality both Eastern and Western, these poems range across a world composed of backyard vistas, jazz-club haze, and Old World landmarks. Forms include sonnets, syllabics, blank verse and free, "never straying far," as Robert McDowell noted in The Hudson Review, "from an anchoring pentameter or tetrameter line." Whether lyric, monologue, or narrative, the poems rarely miss the elegiac note of Hoey's erotics of loss. This is a stupendously deep, wide net of poetry that covers almost 30 years of experience and insight gained working in the meat factories, farms, rail yards, and colleges of the American Dream. It is a sea of dark turbulence with brightly luminescent islands of meaning scattered just out of reach within all directions and across all time; a search for the being which is within all meaning even where our commercial words fail us. This is the poetry where we live...the last half empty bottle glowing amber beyond the bar at closing time; the red oak that stands alone at midnight in a clearing before the meadow; the country music washing up from between old car radiators to fill the spaces between stars; and the yearnings of the flesh. This is poetry from the fires that burn within us that are smoldering too deeply to be acknowledged in polite conversation, and I like it a lot because it is those fires that keep us alive. -Jared Smith, Looking into the Machinery and Grassroots

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