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Praise (79 Edition)by Robert Hass
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A debut collection from an exciting new voice in Alaska poetry, Overwinter reconciles the natural quiet of wilderness with the clamor of built environments. Jeremy Pataky’s migration between Anchorage and Wrangell-St. Elias National Park inspires these poems that connect urban to rural. This duality permeates Overwinter. Moments are at turns fevered or serene. The familial and romantic are measured against the wildness of the Far North. Empty spaces bring both solace and loneliness in full. Past loves haunt the present, surviving in the spaces sculpted by language.
Jeremy Pataky's debut collection measures familial and romantic love against the wildness of the far north and the self. Remote settings provide both a solace and challenge where the speakers aloneness resists loneliness in full, and fully imagined, places. This is not a static vision, though; the present harkens back to a verdant but distant past. Nor is it a silent world. These poems reconcile the natural quiet and sounds of wilderness with the clamor of built environments. Pataky lives this contrast, migrating seasonally between Anchorage and Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. These poems bridge the urban and rural, unifying them through an eros that is by turns fevered and serene. The book is haunted by all those the poet has loved, and they survive in the hidden places sculpted by language.
Former Poet Laureate Robert Hass 1979's Praise, the writers second volume of poetry.
Hass links the poetic elements of the work song, the spiritual, of rhythm & blues and rap, and of poems written in Yiddish, in Chinese, and in Spanish. He hears the silence of the haiku in what becomes the spare and modernist. Through his gift for such brilliant connections, Hass presents nothing less than a working anthology of the New American canon.
About the Author
Robert Hass is the author of two earlier collections of poems, Field Guideand Praise,and a book of essays, Twentieth Century Pleasures.He has also collaborated with Czeslaw Milosz on the translation of his poems, most recently Collected Poems.His many honors include a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur fellowship and the 1984 National Book Critics Circle Award in criticism. He has taught for many years at St. Mary's College of California and is currently a professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley.
Table of Contents
Manual Labor in the Era of Delinquent Weather
We Were Explorers Once
Then to Now
Reasons for a Long Stay
A Brief History of Landing Here
The Particulars of the Built Environment
Counting Down to a Destination within Bliss
Here We Are
Fire in the Succession Zones
From Here You Seem a Braided River
Contemplation, Composition, Interpretation
How the Mistress, Distressed, Insinuated Herself into Place
After This Life
Address from a Far-off Hill
The Smallest Ice Age
Thumbnail Spring Song
Sky Behind Weather
The Wild Dead
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