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Walking Light: Essays & Memoirs

Dunn, Stephen

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ISBN 10: 0393034887 / ISBN 13: 9780393034882
Published by W W Norton & Co Inc, New York, 1993
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1993 Fine Book, Fine unclipped jacket, Stated First Edition, First Printing 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,0 187 clean tight unmarked untrimmed pages, book has lime green speckled boards with 1/2 green cloth covered spine with gold lettering, color illustrated jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 004942

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Title: Walking Light: Essays & Memoirs

Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc, New York

Publication Date: 1993

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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The renowned poet presents essays exploring the mysteries of composition and the nature of poetry, as well as anecdotal memoirs on such diverse subjects as basketball, storytelling, and silence


Like his poetry, Stephen Dunn's essays on poetry (and creativity) are grounded and funny and accessible without ceding intelligence or audacity. There's no unnecessary loftiness in Walking Light. One essay addresses poetry's similarities to basketball--"Perhaps basketball and poetry have just a few things in common, but the most important is the possibility of transcendence.... What you want to be is in some kind of flow"--while another compares the knowledge and daring of poets to that of gamblers. And yet another likens poets to ice travelers: "The farther we go in a poem or on the ice the fewer and fewer choices we have, and we would want it no other way." Throughout the essays Dunn returns again and again to the need for surprise and discovery in a poem: "Your poem effectively begins," he writes, "at the first moment you've surprised or startled yourself. Throw away everything that preceded that moment." Dunn illustrates his points with a terrific selection of poems by Goethe, Randall Jarrell, Ellen Bryant Voight, Paul Celan, and others.

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