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b o d y

Look closely at the letters. Can you see,

entering (stage right), then floating full,

then heading off — so soon —

how like a little kohl-rimmed moon

o plots her course from b to d

—as y, unanswered, knocks at the stage door?

Looked at too long, words fail,

phase out. Ask, now that body shines

no longer, by what light you learn these lines

and what the b and d stood for.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780375411397
Editor:
McClatchy, J. D.
Editor:
Yenser, Stephen
Editor:
McClatchy, J. D.
Editor:
Yenser, Stephen
Author:
Merrill, James
Author:
McClatchy, J. D.
Publisher:
Knopf Publishing Group
Subject:
American
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Publication Date:
20010231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
912
Dimensions:
9.56x6.32x2.15 in. 2.97 lbs.

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Fiction and Poetry » Poetry » A to Z

Collected Poems
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Product details 912 pages Alfred A. Knopf - English 9780375411397 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A big, handsome volume that displays Merrill's absorption and re-emission, transfigured, of every kind of experience this planet has to offer."
"Synopsis" by , The volume that brings together, for the first time, the complete works of one of the giants of American poetry.<P>Merrill touched each of his subjects, whether worldly or spiritual, with silvery wit and metrical music. A bracing glass of ouzo, afternoons at the gym with a gay partner, conversations with deceased friends via the Ouija board, a midnight swim — all were occasions for contemplation and high art.<P>Here are all the poems — from his earliest published collection, The Black Swan and Other Poems (1946), to his posthumous volume, A Scattering of Salts (1995) — together with many that have never been previously collected.<P>An essential addition to every shelf of 20-century poetry.
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