Passing Through: The Later Poems, New and Selected

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"Winner of the 1995 National Book Award, Passing Through confirms that the venerable doyen of American poetry is still a poet in his prime."—Atlantic Monthly
Stanley Kunitz, one of the masters of contemporary poetry, presents his ninth collection, gathering a rich selection of his work, including new poems that remind us of his prefatory statement: "Art is the chalice into which we pour the wine of transcendence." Nearly all the poems of Kunitz's later years, beginning with The Testing-Tree (1971), are included, ...

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Overview

"Winner of the 1995 National Book Award, Passing Through confirms that the venerable doyen of American poetry is still a poet in his prime."—Atlantic Monthly
Stanley Kunitz, one of the masters of contemporary poetry, presents his ninth collection, gathering a rich selection of his work, including new poems that remind us of his prefatory statement: "Art is the chalice into which we pour the wine of transcendence." Nearly all the poems of Kunitz's later years, beginning with The Testing-Tree (1971), are included, and most of the poems in Passing Through are unavailable in any other edition.
In "Touch Me," the last poem in the collection, Kunitz propounds a question, "What makes the engine go?" and gives us his answer: "Desire, desire, desire." These poems fairly hum with the energy, the excitement, the ardor, that make Kunitz one of our most enduring and highly honored poets. In the words of Carolyn Forché, "he is a living treasure."

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Mark Strand
“One of America's great poets. Most poets dry up at 50. For him to be writing poems at 90 is just incredible.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393316155
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/28/1997
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 470,778
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Stanley Kunitz, much-honored poet, was cofounder of the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, and of Poets House in New York City. He died in 2006.

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Table of Contents

Instead of a Foreword 11
Journal for My Daughter 15
An Old Cracked Tune 21
The Portrait 22
The Magic Curtain 23
After the Last Dynasty 27
The Illumination 29
Robin Redbreast 31
River Road 33
Summer Solstice (Mandelstam) 35
Tristia (Mandelstam) 36
The Mound Builders 38
The Customs Collector's Report 42
The Gladiators 45
The System 47
Around Pastor Bonhoeffer 48
Bolsheviks (Stolzenberg) 51
Three Floors 52
The Flight of Apollo 53
King of the River 54
The Mulch 57
Indian Summer at Land's End 58
Cleopatra (Akhmatova) 59
Dante (Akhmatova) 60
Boris Pasternak (Akhmatova) 61
The Artist 63
The Testing-Tree 64
The Game 69
The Knot 73
What of the Night? 74
Quinnapoxet 76
Words for the Unknown Makers 78
The Catch 85
The Crystal Cage 86
Signs and Portents 88
Firesticks 92
The Lincoln Relics 93
Meditations on Death (Ungaretti) 98
The Quarrel 102
The Unquiet Ones 103
My Sisters 104
Route Six 105
The Layers 107
The Snakes of September 111
The Abduction 113
Raccoon Journal 115
The Old Darned Man 119
The Scene 121
The Image-Maker 122
Lamplighter: 1914 123
Day of Foreboding 125
Three Small Parables for My Poet Friends 126
The Round 128
Passing Through 130
The Long Boat 132
The Wellfleet Whale 133
My Mother's Pears 141
Chariot 143
In the Dark House 145
Halley's Comet 148
Hornworm: Summer Reverie 150
Hornworm: Autumn Lamentation 151
The Sea, That Has No Ending... 153
Proteus 156
Touch Me 158
Notes 161
Acknowledgments 171
Index 173
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