New & Selected Poems

New & Selected Poems

by Stephen Berg
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions


A major collection of works by the founder and co-editor of American Poetry Review, author of Grief and In It. "Sharp, thoughtful, and wonderfully wild."--Library Journal¶"Stephen Berg is a well-kept secret....Berg plies the reader's attention with simplicity and candor."--American BooksellerSee more details below

Overview


A major collection of works by the founder and co-editor of American Poetry Review, author of Grief and In It. "Sharp, thoughtful, and wonderfully wild."--Library Journal¶"Stephen Berg is a well-kept secret....Berg plies the reader's attention with simplicity and candor."--American Bookseller

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Culled from four previous collections and presenting 10 new lyrics, a selection of short prose pieces and a 20-page meditation (``Homage to the Afterlife''), this volume is unified by themes of family life, friendship, death and respect for the great modern writers. Berg's poetry is largely informed by such earlier sources as Whitman and Williams, and his latest effort is a pastiche of his private experience and diverse reading. The poems often fall flat, lacking the energy that comes from originality. ``Last Elegy,'' for instance, a confessional lyric in the style of Robert Lowell in which the speaker remembers sitting with his dying father and watching Jack Nicklaus on television, examines the ironies and disjunctions of contemporary life without Lowell's linguistic dazzle or sharp wit. The long sequence of adaptations from Berg's earlier book With Akhmatova at the Black Gates is particularly disappointing. The poems sentimentalize Akhmatova's hardships, missing the perfect colloquialism and delicacy of her language. Among the new pieces, the prose section is the strongest, providing Berg with a more natural medium for his voice. ( Feb. )
Booknews
Includes Berg's selection from The daughters (1971), Grief (1975), With Akhmatova at the black gates (1981), and In it (1986), along with new poems, including a selection from his work-in- progress, Shaving, and concluding with the long poem, "Homage to the Afterlife." Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781556590436
Publisher:
Copper Canyon Press
Publication date:
07/01/1991
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >