Carnival Evening: New and Selected Poems 1968-1998

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"Linda Pastan is one of America's truly fine poets working at the height of her powers." — Michael Collier, Baltimore Sun
This volume brings together new work along with poems gathered from nine previous collections. When Linda Pastan's first book was published in 1971, the Jerusalem Post wrote, she "in large measure fulfilled Emerson's dream — the revelation of ‘the miraculous in the common.' " Since then Pastan has continued to explore the complexities, passion, and dangers under the surfaces of ordinary life. ...

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Overview

"Linda Pastan is one of America's truly fine poets working at the height of her powers." — Michael Collier, Baltimore Sun
This volume brings together new work along with poems gathered from nine previous collections. When Linda Pastan's first book was published in 1971, the Jerusalem Post wrote, she "in large measure fulfilled Emerson's dream — the revelation of ‘the miraculous in the common.' " Since then Pastan has continued to explore the complexities, passion, and dangers under the surfaces of ordinary life. "Some critics point to Emily Dickinson when citing Pastan's lapidary style and metaphysical wit, a comparison that does justice to either poet when Pastan is at her best." — Gettysburg Review "Pastan's unfailing mastery of her medium holds the darkness firmly in check." — New York Times Book Review National Book Award finalist Linda Pastan was Poet Laureate of Maryland from 1991 to 1993.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Thirty years worth of poems that celebrate the "mystery of the ordinary," this collection conveys, more than anything, the poignancy of time passing. Pastan, who was born in 1932, the same year as Sylvia Plath, presented readers with a different kind of female voice when her first book appeared in 1971neither omnipotent nor disembodied but that of a real woman in a physical world: "She's crowning, someone says,/ but there is no one royal here,/ just me, quite barefoot,/ greeting my barefoot child." The early poems use a short line and eschew rhyme, while some of the later poems look to formal verse to confront the pressing concerns of mortality. When Pastan falters, she ends a poem too cleanly, unable to turn a prime moment for the writer into significance for the reader. But when she is onas in the luminous title poem of this collectionshe is a poet of small gestures and great vision. Author of nine previous books of poetry e.g., An Early Afterlife, LJ 12/94 and former poet laureate of Maryland, Pastan has enjoyed a steady popular appeal. This volume may bring her work the critical attention it deserves.Ellen Kaufman, Dewey Ballantine Law Lib., New York
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393319279
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/28/1999
  • Pages: 301
  • Sales rank: 993,325
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Linda Pastan has twice been a finalist for the National Book Award. She lives in Potomac, Maryland.

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Table of Contents

The Almanac of Last Things 3
Nocturnal 4
Le Sens de la Nuit 5
Dreaming of Rural America 6
1936, Upstate New York 8
The News of the World 9
October Catechisms 10
The Obligation to Be Happy 12
Letter 13
Snowstorm 14
Wind Chill 15
Red Fox 16
Deer 17
A Craving for Salt 18
Notes to My Mother 19
Self-Portrait 24
Proclamation at a Birth 26
The Newborn 27
Anna at 18 Months 28
This Enchanted Forest 29
Anon 33
RSVP Regrets Only 34
Fall in the Literary Review 35
Still Life 36
Nature Morte 37
Woman Holding a Balance 38
Carnival Evening 39
Arcadia 42
January, 7 A.M. 43
At the Gynecologist's 44
Notes from the Delivery Room 45
Dirge 46
Skylight 47
Emily Dickinson 48
At the Jewish Museum 49
Passover 50
The Last Train 52
To a Second Son 53
Beech Avenue: The Fourth of July 54
There Is a Figure in Every Landscape 55
Libation, 1966 56
Between Generations 57
October Funeral 58
Journey's End 59
A Dangerous Time 60
Rachel 62
Night Sounds 63
A Real Story 64
Go Gentle 65
Wildflowers 66
Folk Tale 67
Death's Blue-Eyed Girl 69
To Consider a House 70
You Are Odysseus 72
Butter 73
Knots 74
Block 75
Drift 76
Popcorn 77
Sacred to Apollo 78
Aspects of Eve 79
After Agatha Christie 80
Algebra 82
Eclipse 83
A Symposium: Apples 84
Funerary Tower: Han Dynasty 89
After 90
Egg 92
Voices 93
In the Old Guerilla War 94
Marks 95
It Is Raining on the House of Anne Frank 96
A Short History of Judaic Thought in the Twentieth Century 97
Ice Age 98
Fresco 99
Bicentennial Winter 100
Old Woman 102
Caroline 103
Consolations 104
Geneticist 106
Because 107
threads to be woven later 108
postcard from cape cod 110
25th High School Reunion 111
Arithmetic Lesson: Infinity 112
The Five Stages of Grief 114
Epilogue/Prologue 118
Dreams 120
McGuffey's First Eclectic Reader 122
Secrets 124
Waiting for My Life 126
In Back Of 127
Eyes Only 128
Excursion 130
Meditation by the Stove 131
Who Is It Accuses Us? 132
What We Want 133
after minor surgery 134
Pain 135
November 136
Weather Forecast 137
blizzard
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    Posted July 10, 2009

    Linda Pastan is an undeniable talent; a poet that most any adult can relate to.

    Carnival Evening is a depiction of everyday life as seen through the eyes of Linda Pastan. There is nothing fantastical in her subject matter; she could be describing your life or mine, but she does it in a way few can, with freshness and creativity, while staying relatable.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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