A Donald Justice Reader: Selected Poetry and Prose

A Donald Justice Reader: Selected Poetry and Prose

by Donald Justice

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This volume (along with one by Nancy Willard) inaugurates the ``Bread Loaf Contemporaries'' series, books published not for their commercial potential but for their literary merit. Pulitzer Prize-winner Justice offers a distillation of his life's work, selecting his favorite poems and augmenting them with fiction, criticism, and a memoir. Autobiographical themes dominate both the prose and poetry, and many pieces celebrate music, particularly the beautiful memoir, ``Piano Lessons: Notes on a Provincial Culture.'' As a poet, Justice has worked in many forms. His poetry succeeds best when he transcends the everyday to hint at the mystery that is part of all our lives--``Sometimes, folding the evening paper up,/ One feels suddenly alone'' and when he lets feeling and language intersect: ``No, but the sheets were drenched and twisted./They were the very handkerchiefs of grief.'' Recommended for larger collections. See also Nancy Willard's A Nancy Willard Reader , reviewed on p. 147.--Ed.-- Doris Lynch, Oakland P.L., Cal.

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Middlebury College Museum of Art
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Bread Loaf Series of Contemporary Writers
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5.80(w) x 8.83(h) x 0.83(d)

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