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Ranking the Wishes (Penguin Poets)

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In his seventh book, Carl Dennis explores the ways in which our wishes - those in our power to fulfill at any moment and those that have no chance of ever being realized - define who we are. While some of the poems view wishing as a failure to do justice to the world we have, others regard it as a recognition that no present, however rich, can satisfy the imagination, and suggest that one of the functions of poetry is to keep significant wishes alive. In showing with moving clarity how wishes are essential to giving shape and direction to the moment, these poems make use of a rich variety of genres: elegy, advice, meditation, warning, consolation, and prophecy.

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In his seventh book, poet Carl Dennis explores the ways in which our wishes define who we are. Showing how wishes are essential to giving shape and direction to the moment, these poems address the broad spectrum of wishing with moving clarity through a rich variety of genres elegy, advice, meditation, warning, consolation, and prophecy.

About the Author

Carl Dennis is the author of nine books of poetry, including Practical Gods, winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. A recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, in 2000 he was awarded the Ruth Lilly Prize from Poetry Magazine and the Modern Poetry Association for his contribution to American poetry. He teaches in the English Department at the State University of New York at Buffalo, and is a sometime member of the faculty of the MFA program in creative writing at Warren Wilson College.

Table of Contents

Ranking the Wishes Fall

Cedar Point

Time Zones

Loss

Days of Heaven

To Reason

Gifts

Pendulum

Parley

Seven Days

Sarit Narai

Holy Brethren

Swindle

Say It

Night Drive

The Line

Tune-Up

The Canvasser Knocks

Aunt Celia

As If

The Messenger

The Great Day

The Pond in Winter

All I've Wanted

Inventory

The Pancake Hour

To the Soul

Distinctions

Land and Sea

Grace

Consolation

Bivouac Near Trenton

Genres

Two or Three Wishes

Integer

Writing at Night

Still Life

Starry Night

Your City

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140587791
Author:
Dennis, Carl
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
American
Subject:
Literature
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series:
Poets, Penguin
Series Volume:
1
Publication Date:
19970631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
96
Dimensions:
8.44x5.51x.31 in. .26 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , In his seventh book, poet Carl Dennis explores the ways in which our wishes define who we are. Showing how wishes are essential to giving shape and direction to the moment, these poems address the broad spectrum of wishing with moving clarity through a rich variety of genres elegy, advice, meditation, warning, consolation, and prophecy.

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