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More than a gathering of essays, That Self-Forgetful Perfectly Useless Concentration is part memoir, part literary criticism, and an artful fusion of the two. It is an intimate portrait of a life in poetry that only Alan Shapiro could have written. In this book, Shapiro brings his characteristic warmth, humor, and many years as both poet and teacher to bear on questions surrounding two preoccupations: the role of conventions—of literary and social norms—in how we fashion our identities on and off the page, and how suffering both requires and resists self-expression. He sketches affectionate portraits of his early teachers, revisits the deaths of his brother and sister, and examines poems that have helped him navigate troubled times. Integrating storytelling and literary analysis so seamlessly that art and life become extensions of each other, Shapiro embodies in his lively prose the very qualities he celebrates in the poems he loves. Brimming with wit and insight, this is a book for poets, students and scholars of poetry, teachers of literature, and everyone who cares about the literary arts and how they illuminate our personal and public lives.  

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9780226416816 | Univ of Chicago Pr, October 21, 2016, cover price $90.00

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9780226416953 | Reprint edition (Univ of Chicago Pr, October 21, 2016), cover price $25.00 | About this edition: More than a gathering of essays, That Self-Forgetful Perfectly Useless Concentration is part memoir, part literary criticism, and an artful fusion of the two.

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Product Description: From Let Me Hear You Outside is inside now. The pyramid whose point we are is weightless and invisible and has become itself the night in which alone together on a high plateau we go on shouting out whatever name those winds keep blowing back into the mouth that’s shouting it...read more

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9780226404172 | Univ of Chicago Pr, September 22, 2016, cover price $18.00 | About this edition: From Let Me Hear You Outside is inside now.

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Product Description: Reel to Reel, Alan Shapiro’s twelfth collection of poetry, moves outward from the intimate spaces of family and romantic life to embrace not only the human realm of politics and culture but also the natural world, and even the outer spaces of the cosmos itself...read more

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9780226110639 | Univ of Chicago Pr, March 17, 2014, cover price $18.00 | About this edition: Reel to Reel, Alan Shapiro’s twelfth collection of poetry, moves outward from the intimate spaces of family and romantic life to embrace not only the human realm of politics and culture but also the natural world, and even the outer spaces of the cosmos itself.

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Product Description: As a little girl growing up in Boston, Miriam Bluestein fantasized about a life lived on stage, specifically in a musical. Get married, have a family-sure, maybe she'd do those things, too, but first and foremost there was her career...read more

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9781565129832 | Algonquin Books, January 24, 2012, cover price $13.95 | About this edition: As a little girl growing up in Boston, Miriam Bluestein fantasized about a life lived on stage, specifically in a musical.

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Product Description: An urgent and timely collection by one of America’s most inventive and accessible poets In Night of the Republic, Alan Shapiro takes us on an unsettling night tour of America’s public places—a gas station restroom, shoe store, convention hall, and race track among others—and in stark Edward Hopper–like imagery reveals the surreal and dreamlike features of these familiar but empty night spaces...read more

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9780547329703 | Houghton Mifflin, January 17, 2012, cover price $21.00 | About this edition: An urgent and timely collection by one of America’s most inventive and accessible poets In Night of the Republic, Alan Shapiro takes us on an unsettling night tour of America’s public places—a gas station restroom, shoe store, convention hall, and race track among others—and in stark Edward Hopper–like imagery reveals the surreal and dreamlike features of these familiar but empty night spaces.

By Peter Burian (editor), Euripides and Alan Shapiro (editor)

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9780195388701, titled "Medea and Other Plays: Medea and Other Plays" | Oxford Univ Pr, January 4, 2011, cover price $115.00

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Product Description: Title: The Complete Euripides Volume 5( Medea and Other Plays) <>Binding: Paperback <>Author: Euripides <>Publisher: OxfordUniversityPress,USA
By Peter Burian (editor), Euripides and Alan Shapiro (editor)

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9780195388718 | Oxford Univ Pr, January 4, 2011, cover price $14.95 | About this edition: Title: The Complete Euripides Volume 5( Medea and Other Plays) Binding: Paperback Author: Euripides Publisher: OxfordUniversityPress,USA

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By Peter Burian (editor) and Alan Shapiro (editor)

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9780199753635 | Oxford Univ Pr, January 4, 2011, cover price $12.95

Based on the conviction that only translators who write poetry themselves can best re-create the celebrated and timeless tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides, the Greek Tragedy in New Translations series offers new translations that go beyond the literal meaning of the Greek in order to evoke the poetry of the originals. The tragedies collected here were originally available as single volumes. This new collection retains the informative introductions and explanatory notes of the original editions, with Greek line numbers and a single combined glossary added for easy reference. The volume collects Euripides' Electra, an exciting story of vengence that counterposes suspense and horror with comic realism; Orestes, the tragedy of a young man who kills his mother to avenge her murder of his father; Iphigenia in Tauris, a delicately written and beautifully contrived Euripidean "romance"; and Iphigenia at Aulis, a compelling look at the devastating consequence of "man's inhumanity to man."
By Alan Shapiro (editor)

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9780195388688, titled "The Complete Euripides: Iphigenia in Tauris and Other Plays" | Oxford Univ Pr on Demand, June 30, 2010, cover price $115.00

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9780195388695, titled "The Complete Euripides: Iphigenia in Tauris and Other Plays" | Oxford Univ Pr, June 30, 2010, cover price $12.95 | About this edition: Based on the conviction that only translators who write poetry themselves can best re-create the celebrated and timeless tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides, the Greek Tragedy in New Translations series offers new translations that go beyond the literal meaning of the Greek in order to evoke the poetry of the originals.

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Product Description: Based on the conviction that only translators who write poetry themselves can best re-create the celebrated and timeless tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides, the Greek Tragedy in New Translations series offers new translations that go beyond the literal meaning of the Greek in order to evoke the poetry of the originals...read more
By Alan Shapiro (editor)

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9780195388794 | Oxford Univ Pr on Demand, December 7, 2010, cover price $115.00

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9780195388800 | Oxford Univ Pr, December 7, 2010, cover price $12.95 | About this edition: Based on the conviction that only translators who write poetry themselves can best re-create the celebrated and timeless tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides, the Greek Tragedy in New Translations series offers new translations that go beyond the literal meaning of the Greek in order to evoke the poetry of the originals.

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Product Description: Based on the conviction that only translators who write poetry themselves can best re-create the celebrated and timeless tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides, the Greek Tragedy in New Translations series offers new translations that go beyond the literal meaning of the Greek in order to evoke the poetry of the originals...read more
By Alan Shapiro (editor)

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9780195388664 | Oxford Univ Pr on Demand, July 15, 2010, cover price $115.00 | About this edition: Based on the conviction that only translators who write poetry themselves can best re-create the celebrated and timeless tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides, the Greek Tragedy in New Translations series offers new translations that go beyond the literal meaning of the Greek in order to evoke the poetry of the originals.

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9780195388671 | Oxford Univ Pr, July 15, 2010, cover price $12.95 | About this edition: Based on the conviction that only translators who write poetry themselves can best re-create the celebrated and timeless tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides, the Greek Tragedy in New Translations series offers new translations that go beyond the literal meaning of the Greek in order to evoke the poetry of the originals.

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Product Description: Based on the conviction that only translators who write poetry themselves can properly re-create the celebrated and timeless tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides, the Greek Tragedy in New Translations offers new translations that go beyond the literal meaning of the Greek in order to evoke the poetry of the originals...read more
By Peter Burian (editor), Euripides and Alan Shapiro (editor)

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9780195388787 | 1 edition (Oxford Univ Pr on Demand, December 15, 2009), cover price $115.00 | About this edition: Based on the conviction that only translators who write poetry themselves can properly re-create the celebrated and timeless tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides, the Greek Tragedy in New Translations offers new translations that go beyond the literal meaning of the Greek in order to evoke the poetry of the originals.

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Product Description: Based on the conviction that only translators who write poetry themselves can properly re-create the celebrated and timeless tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides, the Greek Tragedy in New Translations offers new translations that go beyond the literal meaning of the Greek in order to evoke the poetry of the originals...read more
By Alan Shapiro (editor)

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9780195388770 | Oxford Univ Pr, December 15, 2009, cover price $12.95 | About this edition: Based on the conviction that only translators who write poetry themselves can properly re-create the celebrated and timeless tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides, the Greek Tragedy in New Translations offers new translations that go beyond the literal meaning of the Greek in order to evoke the poetry of the originals.

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Product Description: Based on the conviction that only translators who write poetry themselves can properly re-create the celebrated and timeless tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides, the Greek Tragedy in New Translations offers new translations that go beyond the literal meaning of the Greek in order to evoke the poetry of the originals...read more
By Alan Shapiro (editor)

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9780195387827 | Oxford Univ Pr on Demand, November 20, 2009, cover price $115.00 | About this edition: Based on the conviction that only translators who write poetry themselves can properly re-create the celebrated and timeless tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides, the Greek Tragedy in New Translations offers new translations that go beyond the literal meaning of the Greek in order to evoke the poetry of the originals.

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9780195373301 | 1 edition (Oxford Univ Pr, November 20, 2009), cover price $12.95 | About this edition: Based on the conviction that only translators who write poetry themselves can properly re-create the celebrated and timeless tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides, the Greek Tragedy in New Translations offers new translations that go beyond the literal meaning of the Greek in order to evoke the poetry of the originals.

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Product Description: Based on the conviction that only translators who write poetry themselves can properly re-create the celebrated and timeless tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides, the Greek Tragedy in New Translations series offers new translations that go beyond the literal meaning of the Greek in order to evoke the poetry of the originals...read more
By Peter Burian (editor) and Alan Shapiro (editor)

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9780195373370 | Oxford Univ Pr, March 17, 2009, cover price $115.00 | About this edition: Based on the conviction that only translators who write poetry themselves can properly re-create the celebrated and timeless tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides, the Greek Tragedy in New Translations series offers new translations that go beyond the literal meaning of the Greek in order to evoke the poetry of the originals.

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9780195373288 | Oxford Univ Pr, March 17, 2009, cover price $12.95 | About this edition: Based on the conviction that only translators who write poetry themselves can properly re-create the celebrated and timeless tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides, the Greek Tragedy in New Translations series offers new translations that go beyond the literal meaning of the Greek in order to evoke the poetry of the originals.

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Collected here for the first time in the series are three major plays by Euripides: Bacchae, translated by Reginald Gibbons and Charles Segal, a powerful examination of the horror and beauty of Dionysiac ecstasy; Herakles, translated by Tom Sleigh and Christian Wolff, a violent dramatization of the madness and exile of one of the most celebrated mythical figures; and The Phoenician Women, translated by Peter Burian and Brian Swamm, a disturbing interpretation of the fate of the House of Laios following the tragic fall of Oedipus. These three tragedies were originally available as single volumes. This volume retains the informative introductions and explanatory notes of the original editions and adds a single combined glossary and Greek line numbers.
By Peter Burian (editor) and Alan Shapiro (editor)

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9780195373264 | Oxford Univ Pr, February 11, 2009, cover price $105.00

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9780195373400 | Oxford Univ Pr, February 11, 2009, cover price $12.95 | About this edition: Collected here for the first time in the series are three major plays by Euripides: Bacchae, translated by Reginald Gibbons and Charles Segal, a powerful examination of the horror and beauty of Dionysiac ecstasy; Herakles, translated by Tom Sleigh and Christian Wolff, a violent dramatization of the madness and exile of one of the most celebrated mythical figures; and The Phoenician Women, translated by Peter Burian and Brian Swamm, a disturbing interpretation of the fate of the House of Laios following the tragic fall of Oedipus.

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Product Description: Among surviving Greek tragedies only Euripides' Trojan Women shows us the extinction of a whole city, an entire people. Despite its grim theme, or more likely because of the centrality of that theme to the deepest fears of our own age, this is one of the relatively few Greek tragedies that regularly finds its way to the stage...read more
By Peter Burian (introduced by), Euripides and Alan Shapiro (trans)

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9780195374933 | Oxford Univ Pr on Demand, January 6, 2009, cover price $89.00 | About this edition: Among surviving Greek tragedies only Euripides' Trojan Women shows us the extinction of a whole city, an entire people.

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By Nikolaos Kaltsas (editor) and Alan Shapiro (editor)

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9780977659845 | David Brown Book Co, December 31, 2008, cover price $35.00

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Product Description: From a winner of the Kingsley Tufts Award, a new collection that explores the vagaries of love and the place of beauty in a time of war.In October 2002, at the age of fifty, Alan Shapiro collapsed while playing basketball. A few months later, on the eve of America’s invasion of Iraq, he remarried...read more

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9780618452439 | 1 edition (Houghton Mifflin, March 11, 2008), cover price $22.00 | About this edition: From a winner of the Kingsley Tufts Award, a new collection that explores the vagaries of love and the place of beauty in a time of war.

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A collection of poems centered around the dissolution of a marriage probes the territory of recovery, loss, and healing in the aftermath of failed relationships, probing jealousy, romance, and lust, among other pertinent topics. Reprint.

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9780618452422 | Houghton Mifflin, April 7, 2005, cover price $22.00 | About this edition: A collection of poems centered around the dissolution of a marriage probes the territory of recovery, loss, and healing in the aftermath of failed relationships, probing jealousy, romance, and lust, among other pertinent topics.

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9780618773640 | Reprint edition (Mariner Books, September 4, 2006), cover price $13.95 | About this edition: A collection of poems centered around the dissolution of a marriage probes the territory of recovery, loss, and healing in the aftermath of failed relationships, probing jealousy, romance, and lust, among other pertinent topics.

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By Aeschylus, Peter Burian (editor) and Alan Shapiro (editor)

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9780195135923 | Oxford Univ Pr, October 7, 2004, cover price $12.95

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In a poignant collection of poetry, the award-winning author of The Dead Alive and Busy shares his emotional upheaval through the last month's of his terminally ill brother's life with songs of celebration, lament, grief, and love. Reprint.

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9780618152858 | Houghton Mifflin, February 21, 2002, cover price $22.00 | About this edition: In a collection of poetry, the author shares his emotional upheaval through the last months of his terminally ill brother's life with songs of celebration, lament, grief, and love.

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9780618382293 | Reprint edition (Mariner Books, February 12, 2004), cover price $10.95 | About this edition: In a poignant collection of poetry, the award-winning author of The Dead Alive and Busy shares his emotional upheaval through the last month's of his terminally ill brother's life with songs of celebration, lament, grief, and love.

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Product Description: Jim Carlsons most vivid memories of childhood are of his estranged fathers obsession with parring the Savage. Located on the island of Caramus, the 458-yard, par 4, 16th hole at Wild Links has presumably never been parred. At age twenty-five, Jim sets off to Caramus...read more

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9780595213375 | Writers Club Pr, February 1, 2002, cover price $16.95 | About this edition: Jim Carlsons most vivid memories of childhood are of his estranged fathers obsession with parring the Savage.

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9781929750726, titled "The Crush: The Screenplay" | Harvest Moon Pub, March 1, 2001, cover price $19.95
9780967134550 | Harvest Moon Pub, October 1, 2000, cover price $19.95

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Product Description: This selection, published from 1981-1996 engaes with urgent issues of personal identity within the interlocking communities of a modern world and within history. The intimate bonds of family life are points of departure and return...read more

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9781857544664 | Carlsbad Caverns Guadalupe, September 1, 2000, cover price $55.01 | About this edition: This selection, published from 1981-1996 engaes with urgent issues of personal identity within the interlocking communities of a modern world and within history.

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