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Collected Poems

av Jack Gilbert

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Publisher description: Gathered in this volume readers will find more than fifty years of poems by the incomparable Jack Gilbert, from his Yale Younger Poets prize-winning volume to glorious late poems, including a section of previously uncollected work. There is no one quite like Jack Gilbert in postwar American poetry. After garnering early acclaim with Views of Jeopardy (1962), he escaped to Europe and lived apart from the literary establishment, honing his uniquely fierce, declarative style, with its surprising abundance of feeling. He reappeared in our midst with Monolithos (1982) and then went underground again until The Great Fires (1994), which was eventually followed by Refusing Heaven (2005), a prizewinning volume of surpassing joy and sorrow, and the elegiac The Dance Most of All (2009). Whether his subject is his boyhood in working-class Pittsburgh, the women he has loved throughout his life, or the bittersweet losses we all face, Gilbert is by turns subtle and majestic: he steals up on the odd moment of grace; he rises to crescendos of emotion. At every turn, he illuminates the basic joys of everyday experience. Now, for the first time, we have all of Jack Gilbert's work in one essential volume: testament to a stunning career and to his place at the forefront of poetic achievement in our time.… (mer)
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This is my first exposure to Gilbert. He's not, I think, my cup of tea. There were several poems I liked, but only one (Rain) I loved. I did enjoy the way this book took me through his life's work, though. And some of his imagery was terrific. There was one poem about old men going back to the farm of their youth that really resonated with me. I'm glad I read this book, but it's not one I need on my shelf. ( )
  satyridae | Apr 5, 2013 |
Jack Gilbert is dead. Story from Slate can be read here:
http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2012/11/13/jack_gilbert_dead_poet_was_87.htm...

Enough good cannot be said of the great poet, Jack Gilbert. I am glad he has a "Collected" body of work out now. It is fitting for such a talented and steadfast man as he. It is my sincere hope that he can win with this book a Pulitzer Prize, that is, if they still give those prizes out for excellence and long-accomplishment. Wallace Stevens comes to mind. ( )
  MSarki | Mar 31, 2013 |
This is an outstanding collection! The poems are very accessible and deal with universal themes of love and loss. Most are short and have an almost haiku-like focus on everyday experience. The early poems suffer from a bit of classics-itis (references to classical literature which aren't relevant to most readers anymore). The geographic range is fascinating: from his childhood in Pittsburgh; to a rocky marriage in Greece which ultimately fails; to Italy; and Japan where another wife dies. I would recommend this collection to anyone, but especially to anyone who thinks they don't like poetry. Gilbert will change your mind! ( )
  theageofsilt | Mar 5, 2013 |
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Publisher description: Gathered in this volume readers will find more than fifty years of poems by the incomparable Jack Gilbert, from his Yale Younger Poets prize-winning volume to glorious late poems, including a section of previously uncollected work. There is no one quite like Jack Gilbert in postwar American poetry. After garnering early acclaim with Views of Jeopardy (1962), he escaped to Europe and lived apart from the literary establishment, honing his uniquely fierce, declarative style, with its surprising abundance of feeling. He reappeared in our midst with Monolithos (1982) and then went underground again until The Great Fires (1994), which was eventually followed by Refusing Heaven (2005), a prizewinning volume of surpassing joy and sorrow, and the elegiac The Dance Most of All (2009). Whether his subject is his boyhood in working-class Pittsburgh, the women he has loved throughout his life, or the bittersweet losses we all face, Gilbert is by turns subtle and majestic: he steals up on the odd moment of grace; he rises to crescendos of emotion. At every turn, he illuminates the basic joys of everyday experience. Now, for the first time, we have all of Jack Gilbert's work in one essential volume: testament to a stunning career and to his place at the forefront of poetic achievement in our time.

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