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Dwelling Places: Poems and Translations

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'David Ferry's Dwelling Places is a marvelous, extremely moving book, distinguished by Ferry's characteristic formal virtuosity, extraordinarily fresh and 'inner' translations, and a kind of driven anguished rage at both the social conditions in which human beings have to live and the mysteriously unchangeable tragedies of individual human lives. The translations amplify and deepen the contemporary scenes. I feel that in the future this will be perceived as a great book.'--Frank Bidart
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Overview

'David Ferry's Dwelling Places is a marvelous, extremely moving book, distinguished by Ferry's characteristic formal virtuosity, extraordinarily fresh and 'inner' translations, and a kind of driven anguished rage at both the social conditions in which human beings have to live and the mysteriously unchangeable tragedies of individual human lives. The translations amplify and deepen the contemporary scenes. I feel that in the future this will be perceived as a great book.'--Frank Bidart
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226244785
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/1993
  • Series: Phoenix Poets Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 69
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

David Ferry was born in Orange, New Jersey in 1924. He is the author of a number of books of poetry and has translated several works from classical languages. Currently he is the Sophie Chantal Hart Professor Emeritus of English at Wellesley College, as well as a visiting lecturer in the Graduate Creative Writing Program at Boston University and a distinguished visiting scholar at Suffolk University.

His book of new and selected poems and translations, Of No Country I Know, published in 1999 by the University of Chicago Press, received the Lenore Marshall Prize from the Academy of American Poets and the Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry from the Library of Congress.

In 2011 he was awarded the $100,000 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize for lifetime achievement. Other awards include the Sixtieth Fellowship of the Academy of American Poets, the Harold Morton Landon Translation Award, the Teasdale Prize for Poetry, the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, the Ingram Merrill Award, and the William Arrowsmith Translation Prize from AGNI magazine. He was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1998.

He won the 2012 National Book Award for Poetry for Bewilderment.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Strabo Reading Megasthenes 3
Dives 4
The Guest Ellen at the Supper for Street People 6
Committee 8
Civilization and Its Discontents 9
The Blind People 10
The Proselyte 11
A Young Woman 15
Goodnight 16
Nocturnal 17
Abyss 18
Name 19
Of Rhyme 20
Epigram 21
Autumn 22
Garden Dog 23
Horses 25
Unos Caballos 26
Roof 27
At the Hospital 28
A Morning Song 29
Of Violets 30
Levis Exsurgit Zephirus 32
Herbsttag 33
The Lesson 34
In the Garden 35
Roman Elegy VIII 38
When We Were Children 39
Mnemosyne 43
Harvesters Resting 47
Mary in Old Age 48
Prayer to the Gods of the Night 55
Envoi 57
Notes 59
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