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Trappings: New Poemsby Richard Howard
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Poetry. What remains to be said about Richard Howard? He is Poetry editor of THE PARIS REVIEW and WESTERN HUMANITIES REVEW, a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, a translator, critic, Pulitzer Prize winner, and for many the embodiment of the modern man of letters. In his newest book of poetry Howard offers a five-part meditation on family life. This is the wisest of Howard's eleven books, which is to say, a continuous profusion of inquiries, dissents, high spirits. Howard's IF I DREAM I HAVE YOU, I HAVE YOU is also available from SPD.
Richard Howard's latest collection is a five-part meditation on family life, and is perhaps the most intimate statement that Howard has afforded in eleven books of poetry. Displaying his celebrated craft for portraying a wide variety of historical voices, Howard develops the dramatic possibilities implicit in the scene of Milton dictating Paradise Lost to his daughters. Also interwoven are three salutes to artists: Lee Krasner, Muriel Rukeyser, and Mona Van Duyn, and in these passages Howard fuses metaphors of aesthetic choice and paths to be taken in life. Since winning the Pulitizer Prize in 1970 for his third book, Untitled Subjects, Howard has continued to enchant and amaze an ever growing audience with his incisive observations of desire, aging, and death. This is the wisest of Howard's books, which is to say, a continuous profusion of inquiries, dissents, and high spirits.
The 1999 Lambda Literary Award winner in poetry. Glowing full page NYT review.
Trappings reminds us how, for decades, Howard's is the gold standard for those who care about the shape sound and wit of a poem.-Boston Review
"Trappings reminds us how, for decades, Howard's is the gold standard for those who care about the shape sound and wit of a poem."—Boston Review
About the Author
Richard Howard is a poet, scholar, teacher, translator, and critic. He is the author of more than a dozen books including most recently Paper Trail, Selected Prose 1965-2003 (FSG, 2004) and Inner Voices, Selected Poetry, 1963-2003(FSG,2004). He has won the Pulitzer Prize, The National Book Award, The Lambda Book Award, and The Robert Frost Medal.
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