Night Music

Night Music

by Peter Davison, L. E. Sissman
     
 

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Selected by Peter Davison with an introduction by Edward Hirsch. 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,

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Selected by Peter Davison with an introduction by Edward Hirsch. 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. (A Mariner Original)

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...[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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ISBN-13:
9780395925706
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
02/17/1999
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
907,488
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.37(d)

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