Daily Horoscope: Poems

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"Daily Horoscope is a stunning first book . . . Gioia is a master of forms. He experiments with old ones, and in a few instances has taken to inventing new ones."?Robert Phillips, Arrival

"Page for page, seldom has a first collection offered so many aesthetically, psychologically, and philosophically satisfying poems."?ALA Booklist

"In combining the powers of form and narration, Dana Gioia is the poet who most...

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Overview

"Daily Horoscope is a stunning first book . . . Gioia is a master of forms. He experiments with old ones, and in a few instances has taken to inventing new ones."—Robert Phillips, Arrival

"Page for page, seldom has a first collection offered so many aesthetically, psychologically, and philosophically satisfying poems."—ALA Booklist

"In combining the powers of form and narration, Dana Gioia is the poet who most fully realizes the potential of the New Formalist movement."—Robert McPhillips, The Sewanee Review

"Daily Horoscope, in the finest sense, represents the perfect synthesis of maker and object made. It would be specious to praise this volume as a first book. Gioia has given us a book that is more accomplished than recent publications by many more celebrated practitioners."—Robert McDowell, The Hudson Review

"Here we have a truly exceptional poet. In his mid-thirties, Dana Gioia can be compared to Wallace Stevens and not be routed by the comparison."—Raymond Nelson, Virginia Quarterly Review

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"Daily Horoscope is a stunning first book . . . Gioia is a master of forms. He experiments with old ones, and in a few instances has taken to inventing new ones."—Robert Phillips, Arrival

"Page for page, seldom has a first collection offered so many aesthetically, psychologically, and philosophically satisfying poems."—ALA Booklist

"In combining the powers of form and narration, Dana Gioia is the poet who most fully realizes the potential of the New Formalist movement."—Robert McPhillips, The Sewanee Review

"Daily Horoscope, in the finest sense, represents the perfect synthesis of maker and object made. It would be specious to praise this volume as a first book. Gioia has given us a book that is more accomplished than recent publications by many more celebrated practitioners."—Robert McDowell, The Hudson Review

"Here we have a truly exceptional poet. In his mid-thirties, Dana Gioia can be compared to Wallace Stevens and not be routed by the comparison."—Raymond Nelson, Virginia Quarterly Review

Library Journal
Gioia's work has been appearing in the best journals for some time, so it is rather surprising that it has taken this businessman/poet so long to put togeth er his first collection. Daily Horoscope is an auspicious beginning, certain to receive close attention and high praise. The 47 poems include opposing views of ``California Hills in August'' and bit tersweet memories of ``Cruising With the Beachboys.'' The title poem's se quence, full of horoscopic injunctions and sensible advice, states the obvious in altogether unusual ways. ``One/ more summer gone,/ and one way or another you survive,/ dull or regretful, never learning that/ nothing is hidden in the obvious changes of the world.'' A collection worth coming back to. J. Patrick Lewis, Integrative Studies Dept., Otterbein Coll., Westerville, Ohio
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780915308804
  • Publisher: Graywolf Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/1986
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 1,386,081
  • Product dimensions: 5.69 (w) x 8.97 (h) x 0.27 (d)

Meet the Author

Dana Gioia was born in Los Angeles in 1950. He received his B.A. and M.B.A. degrees from Stanford University. He also has an M.A. in Comparative Literature from Harvard University. For fifteen years, he worked as a business executive in New York before quitting in 1992 to write full-time. He has published three collections of poetry—Daily Horoscope (1986), The Gods of Winter (1991), and Interrogations at Noon (2001), which won the American Book Award. He has also written an opera libretto, Nosferatu (2001). His critical collection, Can Poetry Matter? (2002) was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. A prolific essayist, reviewer, and translator, Giogia has also published nine anthologies of poetry and fiction. He lives in Sonoma County, California, with his wife and two sons.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2001

    gioia lives up to his reputation

    when reading gioia's first collection, you can't help but wonder if he is overrated. he is one of the most celebrated of the new formalists, and one of the leaders of the movement. you hear over and over how good he is. he is the writer of the 'can poetry matter' essay. and, since he is outside the world of academia, you can't help but to think of other poets outside the academic world (wallace stevens and william carlos williams come to mind immediately). so you wonder if the guy is overrated. he's not. he writes formal verse beautifully. he has good control over the meter and line. 'The Room Upstairs', easily one of the best poems in the collection, and my personal favorite, shows gioia's skill as a poet. i look forward to reading the other collections i have.

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