Lines of Defense: Poems

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“[Stephen Dunn] has taken his place among our major, indispensable poets.”—Miami Herald
In his seventeenth collection of poetry, Pulitzer Prize winner Stephen Dunn confronts the lines we fight against and the ones we draw for ourselves. Lines of Defense poignantly captures the absurdities of modern life, expectations derailed, the lived life juxtaposed to the imagined life, and the defenses we don to make do. The poems in Lines of Defense are wry and elegiac, precisely observed and wide-reaching. As with the best...

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Overview

“[Stephen Dunn] has taken his place among our major, indispensable poets.”—Miami Herald
In his seventeenth collection of poetry, Pulitzer Prize winner Stephen Dunn confronts the lines we fight against and the ones we draw for ourselves. Lines of Defense poignantly captures the absurdities of modern life, expectations derailed, the lived life juxtaposed to the imagined life, and the defenses we don to make do. The poems in Lines of Defense are wry and elegiac, precisely observed and wide-reaching. As with the best of Dunn’s work, they take stock of the quotidian aspects of life, of the essential comedy of getting through the day: finding a lost cat; not being invited to a party; taking a granddaughter to a carnival. The lines of defense are the lines of the verse itself, as poetry forms a stronghold against mortality. This essential volume showcases a poet writing at the height of his powers.
From “Before We Leave”:Where are we going?
It’s not an issue of here or there.
And if you ever feel you can’t take another step, imagine how you might feel to arrive,
if not wiser, a little more aware how to inhabit the middle ground between misery and joy.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
02/03/2014
In his 17th collection, Pulitzer-winner Dunn (Different Hours) navigates the social and moral boundaries of middle-class life with a weary eye and penchant for giving wavering advice. His distance from youth, when “a leather jacket helped for some,/ and for others a neckline that promised/ a descent into a dreamland,” is sharply highlighted, contrasting with a present when “every day, if I could,/ I’d oppose history by altering one detail.” Echoes of love affairs, professional and personal jousts, and a recurring uncertainty as to the rightness of one’s path inform a stark ambiguity in the speaker’s relationship to his own life’s story. Dunn has a sorrowful take on mortality, and he rails against the life’s cruelties: “My brother is talking about his ice maker/ because a man can’t talk about his lymphoma/ and chemo every minute of the day.” What Dunn ultimately bets big on (in addition to the Jets-Patriots game), is the ability of language to recount, heal, and even recreate: “Only when his son spoke,/ measuring with precise, slow-/ to-arrive language the father/ he had lost, did something in me move./ There was my brother restored,/ abstracted, made of words now.” (Jan.)
Billy Collins
“Stephen Dunn’s fresh batch of poems teaches us that ‘to tell’ is just as good as ‘to show’ if you have something worth telling. These are smart, forceful, meticulously spoken poems that tell us some vital truths about how to conduct our lives.”
Jane Hirshfield
“Stephen Dunn’s newest poems—retrospective, elegiac, comic, quotidian, tactful, and transcendent—true the self’s comprehensions of its own stories as a sawyer’s jig, file, and hammer true a saw, yet without ever sacrificing tenderness for sharpness (or the reverse). Lines of Defense reconfirms Dunn’s long-held place as one of our most necessary American poets: if he did not exist, we would have to invent him. But—what luck— exist he does.”
Albert Goldbarth
“Over a lifetime richly invested in poetry, Dunn has mastered his signature take on an artfully colloquial voice that, in the guise of plainspeaking, slyly lampoons our daily pretensions, tenderly empathizes with our daily disappointments, and reminds us that the day-to-day can serve as the gateway to otherness. Lines of Defense is an admirable addition to that life-work, its difficult honesties and wrestlings with conscience lurking under beckoningly, entertainingly casual surfaces.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393240818
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/6/2014
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 559,119
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (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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  • Posted March 21, 2014

    Poetry of a different color

    I love reading a diverse bunch of books. Heard this one reviewed on NPR and thought "I haven't read poetry in awhile" so I ordered it. It blew me away. Dunn has that "different" perspective on many things. If you love having an "ah ha" moment after you read something then there are many in store for you here. I loved this book of diverse and poignant thought.

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