Everything Else in the World


“Essential to contemporary poetry collections.”—Library Journal

In his fourteenth collection, Stephen Dunn, “one of our indispensable poets” (Miami Herald), continues to probe brilliantly the unsaid and the elusive in the lives we live, in language that Gerald Stern has called “unbearably fearless and beautiful.”

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“Essential to contemporary poetry collections.”—Library Journal

In his fourteenth collection, Stephen Dunn, “one of our indispensable poets” (Miami Herald), continues to probe brilliantly the unsaid and the elusive in the lives we live, in language that Gerald Stern has called “unbearably fearless and beautiful.”

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Despite the sweeping title, Dunn's 14th collection stays close to home and true to form, engaging his personal history and ideas with straightforward intelligence, simple language and dry humor. The danger in these poems lawlessness, heartbreak, violence is mostly at the margins, in the past, read about or amusingly harmless, as when a tornado takes a barn but leaves the house and its poker chips so the game can continue. Exploring and explicating previous states of mind is one of Dunn's central concerns, often with the knowledge that nothing can "undo what's been done." Of an adulterer whose marriage sours, he asks the reader, "Can you say you're not envious... ?" When there's not enough wit or surprise, Dunn's abstractions and plain tone weigh down his lines. Elsewhere, however, he achieves a "quieter music" that accompanies the realization that "you've only just begun / to know how you feel." (Sept.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
With his 14th collection, Pulitzer Prize winner Dunn (Different Hours) has made a good case for his significance, if not just for accepting his "small part in the great comedy." Dunn has always been as concerned with the big picture-redemption, salvation, spirituality-as with the more common issues of love, family, and social civility. His poems are filled with smart-thinking, clearheaded consideration as he looks closely at things-at the mistyped phrase ("She pressed her lips to mind"); at the missing comma on a highway warning sign ("Slow Children"). There is crisp humor and always more than a little common sense in his poems. And there is music: "We took out our fiddles and fiddled/ as if moon-driven, sang as if daft./ We did it because that was what we did/ when there seemed nothing left to do./ But in the doing we made music/ that felt necessary and ours." Dunn is one of our soundest commodities. Significant without a doubt, his book is essential to contemporary poetry collections.-Louis McKee, Painted Bride Arts Ctr., Philadelphia Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393330380
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/25/2008
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 1,009,533
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Dunn is the author of seventeen poetry collections, including What Goes On: New and Selected Poems 1995–2009 and, most recently, Here and Now. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his collection Different Hours. He has also been a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and has received an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. A Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Richard Stockton College, he lives in Frostburg, Maryland, with his wife, the writer Barbara Hurd.
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Table of Contents

A small part 17
The lost thing 19
Lucky 20
Salvation 22
My ghost 23
What I might say if I could 25
Emptiness 27
Where he found himself 29
The unrecorded conversation 30
Time 32
Replicas 34
The soul's agents 36
You'd be right 38
Everything else in the world 39
The land of Is 43
Postcard from Tortola 45
Returning to the ravens 46
Madrugada 48
Inventing Wallace Stevens 49
Critics 50
Process 52
How to write a dream poem 54
Signs 57
Moonrakers 59
The telling of grandmother's secret 61
Infatuation 69
The kiss 71
Summer nocturne 72
Bad plants 73
The slow surge 75
At his house 76
Cardinal cardinal 78
I caught myself thinking the horizon 80
Poker night in Tornado Alley 82
No wonder 84
Cut and break 86
Explanations 88
From the tower at the top of the winding stairs 90
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