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What Goes on: Selected & New Poems: 1995-2009by Stephen Dunn
Synopses & Reviews
"Good poems are triumphs over the unlikely," Stephen Dunn says. "They make us pay attention in new ways." In his second new and selected collection, Dunn subtly enlarges our sense of possibility. His new poems, suffused with affection and rue for our world, occasionally address the metaphysical, as in these lines-- from "Talk to God" Ease into your misgivings Ask him if in his weakness he was ever responsible for a pettiness--some weather, say, brought in to show who's boss when no one seemed sufficiently moved by a sunset or the shape of an egg. Ask him if when he gave us desire he had underestimated its power.
Brilliant new poems and an expansive gathering from six collections by a Pulitzer Prize winner celebrated as "indispensable."
What Goes Ondisplays the evolving style and sensibility of a major award-winning poet, and a traceable growth that has blossomed into a provocative confrontation with questions of consciousness and existence. Stephen Dunn"s poems probe life"s big questions without ever losing sight of the significance of the mundane.
Good poems are triumphs over the unlikely, Stephen Dunn says. Theymake us pay attention in newways. In hissecond new andselected collection, Dunn subtlyenlarges our sense of possibility. His newpoems, suffused with affectionand rue for our world, occasionally address the metaphysical, as in these lines-fromTalk to GodEaseintoyour misgivingsAsk him if in his weaknesshe was everresponsiblefor apettiness-some weather, say, brought in toshow who's bosswhen no one seemed sufficientlymovedby a sunset or the shapeof an egg.Ask him if when he gave usdesirehe hadunderestimated its power.
About the Author
Stephen Dunn's many awards include the Pulitzer Prize for his collection Different Hours. He lives in Frostburg, Maryland.
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