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The Great Fires: Poems 1982-1992
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Alfred a Knopf Inc
Publication date February 1, 1996
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780679747673
ISBN-10 0679747672
Dimensions 0.50 by 5.75 by 8.50 in.
Weight 0.35 lbs.
Original list price $17.00
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Summary
A third collection of poems by a writer who has been honored by the Lannan Foundation encompasses more than three decades of work and considers such themes as confronting the inner self and savage compassion. Reprint.
Amazon.com description: Product Description: JOYCE'S MOTTO has had much fame but few apostles. Among them, there has been Jack Gilbert and his orthodoxy, a strictness that has required of this poet, now in the seventh decade of his severe life, the penalty of his having had almost no fame at all. In an era that puts before the artist so many sleek and official temptations, keeping unflinchingly to a code of "silence, exile, and cunning" could not have been managed without a show of strictness well beyond the reach of the theater of the coy.

The "far, stubborn, disastrous" course of Jack Gilbert's resolute journey--not one that would promise in time to bring him home to the consolations of Penelope and the comforts of Ithaca but one that would instead take him ever outward to the impossible blankness of the desert--could never have been achieved in the society of others. What has kept this great poet brave has been the difficult company of his poems--and now we have, in Gilbert's third and most silent book, what may be, what must be, the bravest of these imperial accomplishments.

 

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from Alfred a Knopf Inc (March 1, 1994)
9780679425762 | details & prices | 5.75 × 8.75 × 0.75 in. | 0.65 lbs | List price $20.00
About: Poems deal with powerful emotions, language, the universe, relationships, and death
Paperback
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Reprint edition from Alfred a Knopf Inc (February 1, 1996); titled "The Great Fires: Poems 1982-1992"
9780679747673 | details & prices | 5.75 × 8.50 × 0.50 in. | 0.35 lbs | List price $17.00
About: A third collection of poems by a writer who has been honored by the Lannan Foundation encompasses more than three decades of work and considers such themes as confronting the inner self and savage compassion.

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