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A career-spanning collection of poems from Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Carl Dennis. The New York Times has called Carl Dennis's poetry "wise, original, and deeply moving." A poet with a growing audience of admirers, Dennis writes in a clear, classically simple language that is both personal and universal. Making use of a rich variety of genres — advice, meditation, elegy, and prophecy — his poems take unexpected turns as they explore their subjects, catching the reader off balance in a way that is liberating. This new anthology gathers the best of his eight previous books along with a generous sampling of new poems.

Review:

"Coming off the 2002 Pulitzer for Practical Gods, Dennis's eighth book of verse highlights a career's worth of modesty of style, which seeks to make sincerity, goodness, and humility aesthetically interesting, partly through sinuous syntax, and partly through the wisdom it offers. That style finds tests and triumphs in this selection from three decades of work, to which a sheaf of fine new poems is added: one defines death as 'The point when friends stop phoning us for our opinions,/ Or to tell us what they always intended to say.' 'Books likely to last,' another new poem confesses, 'Can only acknowledge that nothing lasts but wishes.' Such acknowledgments give Dennis his bread-and-butter, and have done so since his earliest books: one 1970s poem offers 'Useful Advice,' another hints at 'the truth/ About the shortage of teachers everywhere.' ('Aunt Celia, 1961,' on the other hand, promises 'A life without remorse, that's something/ I'm willing to predict for a generous/ Brave young man like you.') Dennis's goals place him near (and should attract fans of) Robert Pinsky and Robert Hass. His various characters sometimes sound too much alike, and his insistence on reason and humility may narrow his tonal range; nevertheless, this retrospective shows Dennis at his best. (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"At his best...Dennis writes polished, accessible poetry that addresses the middle range of life with sensitivity and skill." David Orr, The New York Times Book Review

Synopsis:

From the winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the Ruth Lilly Prize

The poems in Carl Denniss new collection Another Reason assume that our efforts to reason with ourselves and with others about what matters to us are necessary to escape the purely private point of view, to provide the houses we live in with doors and windows. These poems enact a drama of attempted persuasion, as the poet confers with himself, with intimates, and with strangers, if only in the hope that by defining differences more precisely one may be drawn into a genuine dialogue. As the poet asserts and questions his own authority, encountering a wide range of competing claims from other voices, we find ourselves included in a conversation that deepens our notion of the human community.

Synopsis:

The New York Times has called Carl Dennis’s poetry “wise, original, and deeply moving.” A poet with a growing audience of admirers, Dennis writes in a clear, classically simple language that is both personal and universal. Making use of a rich variety of genres—advice, meditation, elegy, and prophecy—his poems take unexpected turns as they explore their subjects, catching the reader off balance in a way that is liberating. This new anthology gathers the best of his eight previous books along with a generous sampling of new poems.

About the Author

Carl Dennis has published eight books of poetry. In 2001 the Modern Poetry Association awarded him the Ruth Lilly Prize, one of the most prestigious literary awards in the English language. Dennis teaches literature and writing at the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Table of Contents

Carl Dennis: New and Selected Poems New Poems

Gravestones

Heroic

Socrates and I

Manners

Verona

A Colleague Confesses

In Paris

Delphinium

In the Coffee Shop

Window Boxes

The Next Life

Our Death

From a Practical Reader

The Master of Metaphor

Sensible Summers

Manifesto

World History

The Actor

Dream Theory

Candles

from A House of My Own (1974)

Useful Advice

Students

Relatives

Knots

from Climbing Down (1976)

Ingratitude

The Homeowner

The Peaceable Kingdom

Praise for My Heart

Native Son

from Signs and Wonders (1979)

Listeners

Near Idaville

Carpentry

Snow

The Tree

Sunday

Grandmother and I

A Plea for More Time

The Band

from The Near World (1985)

Hector's Return

At the Corner

The Midlands

Beauty Exposed

Captain Cook

At Home with Cézanne

More Music

What Has Become of Them

Later

Charity

Time Heals All Wounds

from The Outskirts of Troy (1988)

Heinrich Schliemann

The Promised Land

Henry James and Hester Street

Visiting a Friend Near Sagamon Hill

Twenty Years

Little League

Fear of the Dark

On the Soul

At Becky's Piano Recital

The Circus

On the Way to School

from Meetings with Time (1992)

The Photograph

Defining Time

My Guardians

Tuesday at First Presbyterian

The Window in Spring

Haven

Adventure

The Bill of Rights

The Invalid

The Anthropic Cosmological Principle

Unfinished Symphony

Mildew

Night Walk

Infidel

My Moses

Delaware Park, 1990

Spring Letter

Invitation

No Shame

from Ranking the Wishes (1997)

Loss

Pendulum

Days of Heaven

To Reason

Cedar Point

The Great Day

Seven Days

Sarit Narai

Aunt Celia, 1961

All I've Wanted

Integer

Distinctions

Two or Three Wishes

Grace

Bivouac Near Trenton

Consolation

Writing at Night

As If

Starry Night

Still Life

Your City

from Practical Gods (2001)

A Priest of Hermes

Saint Francis and the Nun

Department Store

Not the Idle

Gelati

To a Pagan

History

School Days

Prophet

Pride

On the Bus to Utica

Jesus Freaks

The Serpent to Adam

View of Delft

A Chance for the Soul

Audience

A Letter from Mary in the Tyrol

Numbers

The Fallen

Eurydice

The Lace Maker

Progressive Health

More Art

Bashð

Improbable Story

Bishop Berkeley

Sunrise

Eternal Poetry

In the Short Term

Guardian Angel

May Jen

Eternal Life

The God Who Loves You

Product Details

ISBN:
9780142000830
Author:
Dennis, Carl
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Poets, Penguin
Series Volume:
3089
Publication Date:
20040331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Coming off the 2002 Pulitzer for Practical Gods, Dennis's eighth book of verse highlights a career's worth of modesty of style, which seeks to make sincerity, goodness, and humility aesthetically interesting, partly through sinuous syntax, and partly through the wisdom it offers. That style finds tests and triumphs in this selection from three decades of work, to which a sheaf of fine new poems is added: one defines death as 'The point when friends stop phoning us for our opinions,/ Or to tell us what they always intended to say.' 'Books likely to last,' another new poem confesses, 'Can only acknowledge that nothing lasts but wishes.' Such acknowledgments give Dennis his bread-and-butter, and have done so since his earliest books: one 1970s poem offers 'Useful Advice,' another hints at 'the truth/ About the shortage of teachers everywhere.' ('Aunt Celia, 1961,' on the other hand, promises 'A life without remorse, that's something/ I'm willing to predict for a generous/ Brave young man like you.') Dennis's goals place him near (and should attract fans of) Robert Pinsky and Robert Hass. His various characters sometimes sound too much alike, and his insistence on reason and humility may narrow his tonal range; nevertheless, this retrospective shows Dennis at his best. (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "At his best...Dennis writes polished, accessible poetry that addresses the middle range of life with sensitivity and skill."
"Synopsis" by ,
From the winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the Ruth Lilly Prize

The poems in Carl Denniss new collection Another Reason assume that our efforts to reason with ourselves and with others about what matters to us are necessary to escape the purely private point of view, to provide the houses we live in with doors and windows. These poems enact a drama of attempted persuasion, as the poet confers with himself, with intimates, and with strangers, if only in the hope that by defining differences more precisely one may be drawn into a genuine dialogue. As the poet asserts and questions his own authority, encountering a wide range of competing claims from other voices, we find ourselves included in a conversation that deepens our notion of the human community.

"Synopsis" by ,

The New York Times has called Carl Dennis’s poetry “wise, original, and deeply moving.” A poet with a growing audience of admirers, Dennis writes in a clear, classically simple language that is both personal and universal. Making use of a rich variety of genres—advice, meditation, elegy, and prophecy—his poems take unexpected turns as they explore their subjects, catching the reader off balance in a way that is liberating. This new anthology gathers the best of his eight previous books along with a generous sampling of new poems.

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