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Toward the Distant Islands: New & Selected Poems

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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

“Carruth [is] one of the lasting literary signatures of our time.”—Library Journal (starred review)

“Carruth...contains multitudes.”—Booklist (starred review)

“Carruth is a people’s poet... a virtuoso of form.”—The Nation

This “portable Carruth” gathers new poems with the essential works from a major American poet. Included are lyrics, short narratives, comic, meditative, and erotic poems that engage politics, music, rural poverty, and the cultural responsibility of artists. As Sam Hamill writes in the introduction:

“Carruth’s great body of work is a world... Like the jazz he so loves, his poetry ranges from the formal to the spontaneous, from local vernacular to righteous oratory, from beautiful complexity to elegant understatement.”

From “A Few Dilapidated Arias”

“Our crumbling civilization”–a phrase I have used often

during recent years, in letters to friends, even in

words for public print. And what does it mean? Can

a civilization crumble? At once appears the image

of an old slice of bread, stale and hard, green with mold,

shaped roughly like the northeastern United States, years

old or more, so hard and foul that even my pal Maxie,

the shepherd/husky cross who eats everything, won’t

touch it. And it is crumbling, turning literally into

crumbs, as the millions of infinitesimal internal connecting

fibers sever and loosen. The dust trickles and seeps away.

Hayden Carruth, a longtime resident of Vermont, currently lives in upstate New York, where he taught at Syracuse University. His many honors include the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award.

Synopsis:

This "portable Carruth" gathers the unignorable poems by an American master; introduction by Sam Hamill.

Synopsis:

Poetry. This "portable Carruth" gathers new poems with the essential works from a major American poet. Included are lyrics, short narratives, and comic, meditative, and erotic poems that engage politics, music, rural poverty, and the cultural responsibility of artists. As Sam Hamill writes in the introduction, "Carruth's great body of work is a world ... Like the jazz he so loves, his poetry ranges from the formal to the spontaneous, from local vernacular to righteous oratory, to beautiful complexity to elegant understatement."

About the Author

Hayden Carruth is the author of twenty-five books of poetry, a novel, four books of criticism, and two anthologies, and has held fellowships from the Bollingen, Guggenheim and Lannan foundations, as well as the NEA. His many awards include the National Book Award for Poetry, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Lenore Marshall/The Nation Award. Poet and translator Sam Hamill was the Founding Editor of Copper Canyon Press and is currently the Director for Poets Against War.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781556592362
Author:
Carruth, Hayden
Publisher:
Copper Canyon Press
Introduction:
Hamill, Sam
Editor:
Hamill, Sam
Author:
Hamill, Sam
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20060431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
150
Dimensions:
7.5 x 5.5 x 0.6 in 8.5 oz

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This "portable Carruth" gathers the unignorable poems by an American master; introduction by Sam Hamill.
"Synopsis" by , Poetry. This "portable Carruth" gathers new poems with the essential works from a major American poet. Included are lyrics, short narratives, and comic, meditative, and erotic poems that engage politics, music, rural poverty, and the cultural responsibility of artists. As Sam Hamill writes in the introduction, "Carruth's great body of work is a world ... Like the jazz he so loves, his poetry ranges from the formal to the spontaneous, from local vernacular to righteous oratory, to beautiful complexity to elegant understatement."
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