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The first full-length volume of poems in a decade by the former poet laureate of the United States

In The Back Chamber, Donald Hall illuminates the evocative, iconic objects of deep memory—a cowbell, a white stone perfectly round, a three-legged milking stool—that serve to foreground the rich meditations on time and mortality that run through his remarkable new collection. While Halls devoted readers will recognize many of his long-standing preoccupations—baseball, the family farm, love, sex, and friendship—what will strike them as new is the fierce, pitiless poignancy he reveals as his own lifes end comes into view. The Back Chamber is far from being death-haunted, but rather is lively, irreverent, erotic, hilarious, ironic, and sly—full of the life-affirming energy that has made Donald Hall one of Americas most popular and enduring poets.

Review:

"This 20th collection from the former U.S. poet laureate (My Noiseless Entourage) departs only by degrees from his poems of earlier decades--but it could just be his best book. Like most of Simic's work, these new poems end up short and sad, setting mysterious, wry, even Kafkaesque, scenes in which nobody gets what anyone wants: 'A dark little country store full of gravediggers' children buying candy./ (That's how we looked that night.)' Simic served as laureate in the last years of the Bush administration, and some of his new poems may reflect that experience: they attack, with a pessimistic asperity, callous military officers, bloodthirsty states and unnecessary wars, along with a weary or cynical America: 'the TV is on in the living room,/ Canned laughter in the empty house/ Like the sound of beer cans tied to a coffin.' Simic alludes quietly to the war-ravaged Serbia he fled as a child. But the 'ragged puppets' who populate Simic's stanzas are not always so foredoomed: in an 11-part sequence called 'The Invisible,' Simic modulates into a restrained and deeply moving lyric lament, admiring a dragonfly for his clear wings, a crow who was once 'a professor of philosophy,' and a 'Bird comforting the afflicted/ With your song.' (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

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A new collection of poems by the recent Poet Laureate.

Synopsis:

The first, full-length volume of poems in a decade by former poet laureate of the United States Donald Hall

 

Synopsis:

In his first volume of poetry since his tenure as poet laureate, Charles Simic shows he is at the height of his poetic powers. These new poems mine the rich strain of inscrutability in ordinary life, until it is hard to know what is innocent and what ominous. There is something about his work that continues to be crystal clear and yet deeply weighted with violence and mystery. Reading it is like going undercover. The face of a girl carrying a white dress from the cleaners with her eyes half-closed. The Adam & Evie Tanning Salon at night. A sparrow on crutches. A rubber duck in a shooting gallery on a Sunday morning. And someone in a tree swing, too old to be swinging and to be wearing no clothes at all, blowing a toy trumpet at the sky.

About the Author

CHARLES SIMIC was born in Belgrade and emigrated to the United States in 1954. He is the author of many books of poetry and prose. Among other honors, he received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1990 and served as the Poet Laureate of the United States in 2007-2008.

Table of Contents

i. Meatloaf

The Things 3

Loves Progress 4

Showtunes 5

Ruins 6

Conclusion at Union Lake 7

Three Women 9

Nymph and Shepherd 11

Bangers and Mash 12

River 13

Meatloaf 15

The Week 20

Convergences 21

Advent 22

Apples Peaches 23

After the Prom 25

Creative Writing 26

The Pursuit of Poetry 27

ii. Rics Progress

Rics Progress 31

iii. Rocking Chairs Painted Green

The Number 53

Scar Tissue 55

Sleep 56

Closing 57

What We Did 62

Searching 63

The Gardener 64

The Offspring 65

Freezes and Junes 66

The Widowers Cowbell 67

Blue Snow 68

Goosefeathers 69

The Back Chamber 70

Maples 71

The Bone Ring 73

Alterations 74

Pieces 75

Envy 76

“Poetry and Ambition” 77

Green Farmhouse Chairs 78

Product Details

ISBN:
9780547397092
Author:
Simic, Charles
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Author:
Hall, Donald
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20101006
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Language:
English
Pages:
96
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 0.51 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This 20th collection from the former U.S. poet laureate (My Noiseless Entourage) departs only by degrees from his poems of earlier decades--but it could just be his best book. Like most of Simic's work, these new poems end up short and sad, setting mysterious, wry, even Kafkaesque, scenes in which nobody gets what anyone wants: 'A dark little country store full of gravediggers' children buying candy./ (That's how we looked that night.)' Simic served as laureate in the last years of the Bush administration, and some of his new poems may reflect that experience: they attack, with a pessimistic asperity, callous military officers, bloodthirsty states and unnecessary wars, along with a weary or cynical America: 'the TV is on in the living room,/ Canned laughter in the empty house/ Like the sound of beer cans tied to a coffin.' Simic alludes quietly to the war-ravaged Serbia he fled as a child. But the 'ragged puppets' who populate Simic's stanzas are not always so foredoomed: in an 11-part sequence called 'The Invisible,' Simic modulates into a restrained and deeply moving lyric lament, admiring a dragonfly for his clear wings, a crow who was once 'a professor of philosophy,' and a 'Bird comforting the afflicted/ With your song.' (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Synopsis" by ,
A new collection of poems by the recent Poet Laureate.
"Synopsis" by ,

The first, full-length volume of poems in a decade by former poet laureate of the United States Donald Hall

 

"Synopsis" by , In his first volume of poetry since his tenure as poet laureate, Charles Simic shows he is at the height of his poetic powers. These new poems mine the rich strain of inscrutability in ordinary life, until it is hard to know what is innocent and what ominous. There is something about his work that continues to be crystal clear and yet deeply weighted with violence and mystery. Reading it is like going undercover. The face of a girl carrying a white dress from the cleaners with her eyes half-closed. The Adam & Evie Tanning Salon at night. A sparrow on crutches. A rubber duck in a shooting gallery on a Sunday morning. And someone in a tree swing, too old to be swinging and to be wearing no clothes at all, blowing a toy trumpet at the sky.
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