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Here is the definitive collection of poetry from one of America’s best-loved writers—now available in paperback. With the publication of this book, eight volumes of poetry were brought back into print, including the early nature-based lyrics of Plain Song, the explosive Outlyer and Ghazals, and the startling "correspondence" with a dead Russian poet in Letters to Yesenin. Also included is an introduction by Harrison, several previously uncollected poems, and "Geo-Bestiary," a 34-part paean to earthly passions. The Shape of the Journey confirms Jim Harrison’s place among the most brilliant and essential poets writing today.

"Behind the words one always feels the presence of a passionate, exuberant man who is at the same time possessed of a quick, subtle intelligence and a deeply questioning attitude toward life. Harrison writes so winningly that one is simply content to be in the presence of a writer this vital, this large-spirited."—The New York Times Book Review

"(An) untrammelled renegade genius… here’s a poet talking to you instead of around himself, while doing absolutely brilliant and outrageous things with language."—Publishers Weekly

"Readers can wander the woods of this collection for a lifetime and still be amazed at what they find."—Booklist (starred review.)

When the cloth edition of this book was first published, it immediately became one of Copper Canyon Press’s all-time bestsellers. It was featured on Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac, became a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and was selected as one of the "Top-Ten Books of 1998" by Booklist.

Jim Harrison is the author of twenty books, including Legends of the Fall and The Road Home. He has also written numerous screenplays and served as the food columnist for Esquire magazine. He lives in Michigan and Arizona.

Dead Deer

Amid pale green milkweed, wild clover,

a rotted deer

curled, shaglike,

after a winter so cold

the trees split open.

I think she couldn't keep up with

the others (they had no place

to go) and her food,

frozen grass and twigs,

Synopsis:

Here is the definitive collection of poetry from one of America's best-loved writers — now available in paperback. With the publication of this book, eight volumes of poetry were brought back into print, including the early nature-based lyrics of Plain Song, the explosive Outlyer and Ghazals, and the startling "correspondence" with a dead Russian poet in Letters to Yesenin. Also included is an introduction by Harrison, several previously uncollected poems, and "Geo-Bestiary, " a 34-part paean to earthly passions. The Shape of the Journey confirms Jim Harrison's place among the most brilliant and essential poets writing today.

Synopsis:

An authoritative, best-selling edition of poetry by acclaimed novelist--now available in paper.

Synopsis:

Poetry. Harrison doesn't write like anyone else, relying entirely on the toughness of his vision and intensity of feeling to form the poem - or, we should say, relying on the untrammeled renegade genius, that has made him one of the most underappreciated writers in America ....here's a poet talking to you instead of around himself, while doing absolutely brilliant and outrageous things with language. -Publisher's Weekly. The alfalfa was sweet and damp in fields where shepherds / lay once and rams strutted and Indians left signs of war. (from Ghazals). Jim Harrison is one of the most authentic vocies of his time. - Denise Levertov.

About the Author

Jim Harrison is the author of thirty books, including Legends of the Fall, Dalva, and Shape of the Journey. His work has been translated into two dozen languages and produced as four feature-length films. In 2007, Mr. Harrison was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He divides his time between Montana and southern Arizona.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781556591495
Author:
Harrison, Jim
Publisher:
Copper Canyon Press
Location:
Port Townsend, Wash.
Subject:
American
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
034
Publication Date:
20000931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
484
Dimensions:
9.00 x 6.00 in

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"Synopsis" by , Here is the definitive collection of poetry from one of America's best-loved writers — now available in paperback. With the publication of this book, eight volumes of poetry were brought back into print, including the early nature-based lyrics of Plain Song, the explosive Outlyer and Ghazals, and the startling "correspondence" with a dead Russian poet in Letters to Yesenin. Also included is an introduction by Harrison, several previously uncollected poems, and "Geo-Bestiary, " a 34-part paean to earthly passions. The Shape of the Journey confirms Jim Harrison's place among the most brilliant and essential poets writing today.
"Synopsis" by ,
An authoritative, best-selling edition of poetry by acclaimed novelist--now available in paper.
"Synopsis" by , Poetry. Harrison doesn't write like anyone else, relying entirely on the toughness of his vision and intensity of feeling to form the poem - or, we should say, relying on the untrammeled renegade genius, that has made him one of the most underappreciated writers in America ....here's a poet talking to you instead of around himself, while doing absolutely brilliant and outrageous things with language. -Publisher's Weekly. The alfalfa was sweet and damp in fields where shepherds / lay once and rams strutted and Indians left signs of war. (from Ghazals). Jim Harrison is one of the most authentic vocies of his time. - Denise Levertov.
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