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Ten Commandments is a book-length sequence of poems that plot the rules we were raised on, rules we forget but can't evade. Here is the whole underworld of desire, its tasks and perversions. Here are the iron laws and the way the heart is shaped by them, even as it prefers betrayal, adultery, murder, or greed. J. D. McClatchy draws on intimate authobiographical details, and on a range of historical incidents that includes an eerie account of Proust in a brothel and a chilling glimpse of Eichmann in Argentina. Sideshow freaks, snipers in Vietnam, Auden's dictionary, whirling dervishes, motel and mammogram, slave and saint--this book is a cabinet of moral curiosities, a collage of emotional astonishments.

When McClatchy's previous book, The Rest of the Way, was published in 1990, he was given an Award in Literature by the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, whose citation concluded, "it may be that no more eloquent poet will emerge in his American generation."

With Ten Commandments, there can be no question of his mastery. Here is that rare eloquence indeed, charged with passion and raised to a remarkable new power.

Synopsis:

A distinguished literary figure has produced a new book of lyric poems confirming the citation which accompanied an award from the Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters: "He is formally a master, with enormous technical skills."

About the Author

J. D. McClatchy is the author of three earlier books of poems: Scenes from Another Life (1981), Stars Principal (1986), and The Rest of the Way (1990). His literary essays are collected in White Paper (1989) and Twenty Questions (1998). He has edited a number of books, including The Vintage Book of Contemporary Poetry (1996). He has written four opera libretti, most recently Emmeline for Tobias Picker, commissioned by the Santa Fe Opera. He is a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, and since 1991 has been editor of The Yale Review.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375701344
Author:
McClatchy, J. D.
Publisher:
Knopf Publishing Group
Author:
McClatchy, J. D.
Location:
New York
Subject:
American
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
American poetry
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
Bible - Theology - Old Testament
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Edition Number:
1st pbk. ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
19991231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
120
Dimensions:
9.26x5.74x.47 in. .40 lbs.

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