Night Music

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Overview

Sissman was a true phenomenon in American poetry. He published his first book, a collection of antic, autobiographical episodes in blank verse, in 1968. Eight years and three books later, he died of Hodgkin's disease at the age of forty-eight. Of Sissman's remarkable final poems John Updike wrote, "What other poet had ever given such wry and unblinking witness to his own dying? His poetry gave back to life more generously than he had received, and carried his beautiful wit into darkness undimmed." Now Sissman's ...

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Overview

Sissman was a true phenomenon in American poetry. He published his first book, a collection of antic, autobiographical episodes in blank verse, in 1968. Eight years and three books later, he died of Hodgkin's disease at the age of forty-eight. Of Sissman's remarkable final poems John Updike wrote, "What other poet had ever given such wry and unblinking witness to his own dying? His poetry gave back to life more generously than he had received, and carried his beautiful wit into darkness undimmed." Now Sissman's longtime editor, Peter Davison, has selected from his lifework the essential poems--the essence of an American original.

Selected by Peter Davison with an introduction by Edward Hirsch.

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Editorial Reviews

From The Critics
...[S]howcases the richly evocative work of Sissman, a rare breed of poet and advertising executive....[The poems] wrinng every emotion out of the direct statement and the well-placed noun.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780641975226
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 2/17/1999
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 6.03 (w) x 8.97 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

Edward Hirsch is a celebrated poet and peerless advocate for poetry. A MacArthur fellow, he has published eight books of poems and four books of prose. He has received numerous awards and fellowships, including a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the Rome Prize, a Pablo Neruda Presidential Medal of Honor, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award for Literature. He serves as president of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and lives in Brooklyn.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Parents in Winter 3
East Congress and McDougall Streets, Detroit, May 25 6
Henley, July 4: 1914-1964 7
A College Room: Lowell R-34, 1945 9
The Museum of Comparative Zoology 10
Stillman Infirmary 11
In and Out: Severance of Connections, 1946 12
In and Out: A Home Away from Home, 1947 14
The Tree Warden 17
Our Literary Heritage 19
Just a Whack at Empson 23
Dear George Orwell, 1950-1965 24
Peace Comes to Still River, Mass 25
The Marschallin, Joy Street, July 3, 1949 26
Sondra Dead or Alive 32
Man and Wife 33
Two Happenings in Boston 34
The West Forties: Morning, Noon, and Night 36
The Nanny Boat, 1957 40
Love-Making; April; Middle Age 46
Dying: An Introduction 46
Canzone: Aubade 51
A Deathplace 57
Small Space 58
Visiting Chaos 59
Safety at Forty: or, An Abecedarian Takes a Walk 60
Solo, Head Tide 61
The Village: The Seasons 62
A War Requiem 67
The Big Rock-Candy Mountain 95
Lieder Eines Fahrenden Gesellen: A Mouth-organ Tune 100
In Bardbury 101
A Loss of Largess; Its Recapture (And Point After) 102
J. J.'s Levee, 1946 104
Love Day, 1945 109
At the Bar, 1948 116
A Late Good Night 117
Cockaigne: A Dream 119
Three American Dreams: A Suite in Phillips House 122
Negatives 125
December 27, 1966 126
Homage to Clotho: A Hospital Suite 127
Cancer: A Dream 131
Tras Os Montes 134
A Note on the Text 139
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