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A stunning collection of poems that John Updike wrote during the last seven years of his life and put together only weeks before he died for this, his final book.

The opening sequence, “Endpoint,” is made up of a series of connected poems written on the occasions of his recent birthdays and culminates in his confrontation with his final illness. He looks back on the boy that he was, on the family, the small town, the people, and the circumstances that fed his love of writing, and he finds endless delight and solace in “turning the oddities of life into words.”

“Other Poems” range from the fanciful (what would it be like to be a stolen Rembrandt painting? he muses) to the celebratory, capturing the flux of life. A section of sonnets follows, some inspired by travels to distant lands, others celebrating the idiosyncrasies of nature in his own backyard.

For John Updike, the writing of poetry was always a special joy, and this final collection is an eloquent and moving testament to the life of this extraordinary writer.

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Synopsis:

John Updike was born in 1932, in Shillington, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Harvard College in 1954, and spent a year in Oxford, England, at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art. From 1955 to 1957 he was a member of the staff of The New Yorker. He was the father of four children and the

Synopsis:

This collection of poems from one of the 20th century's most distinguished American authors was completed only weeks before his death in January 2009, and is being released just in time for National Poetry Month in April.

Synopsis:

A stunning collection of poems that John Updike wrote during the last seven years of his life and put together only weeks before he died for this, his final book.

The opening sequence, “Endpoint,” is made up of a series of connected poems written on the occasions of his recent birthdays and culminates in his confrontation with his final illness. He looks back on the boy that he was, on the family, the small town, the people, and the circumstances that fed his love of writing, and he finds endless delight and solace in “turning the oddities of life into words.”

“Other Poems” range from the fanciful (what would it be like to be a stolen Rembrandt painting? he muses) to the celebratory, capturing the flux of life. A section of sonnets follows, some inspired by travels to distant lands, others celebrating the idiosyncrasies of nature in his own backyard.

For John Updike, the writing of poetry was always a special joy, and this final collection is an eloquent and moving testament to the life of this extraordinary writer.

Table of Contents

Endpoint — Other poems — Stolen — Frankie Laine — Doo-wop — Her coy lover sings out — Elegy for a real golfer — Baseball — To my hurting heft hand — Claremont hotel, Southwest harbor, Maine — Angel bones — Death of a computer — Colonoscopy — Levels of air — Half moon, small cloud — Lunar eclipse — Bird caught in my deer netting — Outliving one's father — The old bills — Stretch — Trees — TV — Twinkletape — Waco — Saguaros — Sonnets — Evening concert, Sainte-Chapelle — A wee Irish suite — Paris-Dublin, at night — Portrush, Northern Ireland — New Resort hotel, Portmarnock — Phnom, Penh — Madurai, India — Subcontinental — Fair Helen — Lucian Freud — St. Petersburg — Flying to Florida — White horizon — Male voice, from below — Stripped — Chambered nautilus — Tools — Vacation place — Tucson — Thunderstorm in Dorset, Vermont — December, outdoors — Light and personal — To a well-connected mouse — Duet on Mars — Mars as bright as Venus — Elegy — Country music — Sweet as apple cider — Requiem — Found poem — For Peter Davison — For Martha, on her birthday, after her cataract operation.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307272898
Publisher:
Alfred A. Knopf
Subject:
Poetry : American - General
Creator:
Updike John
Author:
Updike, John
Author:
Updike John
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20090331
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
97

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Product details 97 pages Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group - English 9780307272898 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , John Updike was born in 1932, in Shillington, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Harvard College in 1954, and spent a year in Oxford, England, at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art. From 1955 to 1957 he was a member of the staff of The New Yorker. He was the father of four children and the
"Synopsis" by , This collection of poems from one of the 20th century's most distinguished American authors was completed only weeks before his death in January 2009, and is being released just in time for National Poetry Month in April.
"Synopsis" by , A stunning collection of poems that John Updike wrote during the last seven years of his life and put together only weeks before he died for this, his final book.

The opening sequence, “Endpoint,” is made up of a series of connected poems written on the occasions of his recent birthdays and culminates in his confrontation with his final illness. He looks back on the boy that he was, on the family, the small town, the people, and the circumstances that fed his love of writing, and he finds endless delight and solace in “turning the oddities of life into words.”

“Other Poems” range from the fanciful (what would it be like to be a stolen Rembrandt painting? he muses) to the celebratory, capturing the flux of life. A section of sonnets follows, some inspired by travels to distant lands, others celebrating the idiosyncrasies of nature in his own backyard.

For John Updike, the writing of poetry was always a special joy, and this final collection is an eloquent and moving testament to the life of this extraordinary writer.

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