Strangers

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"David Ferry must have had something up his sleeve when he called his book "Strangers," because his is a poetry of intimacy and familiarity. More than that, Mr. Ferry's short, sparse lyrics are as perfectly and simply composed as Japanese haiku—a rare accomplishment in poetry written in English."—Andy Brumer, New York Times Book Review

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"David Ferry must have had something up his sleeve when he called his book "Strangers," because his is a poetry of intimacy and familiarity. More than that, Mr. Ferry's short, sparse lyrics are as perfectly and simply composed as Japanese haiku—a rare accomplishment in poetry written in English."—Andy Brumer, New York Times Book Review

"Strangers is a remarkably good book for a reader sufficiently attentive to hear its quiet power, to let it work in its distinctive way."—Boston Globe

"The poems of David Ferry's Strangers are in fact one book, and it is a splendid one. There is the same austere and poignant voice throughout, asking the unanswerable things, speaking of all that is withheld from us, confronting the unknownness that dwells even in the familiar and dear. Painful and touching, the book offers a distinctive vision which is at the same time inescapably true."—Richard Wilbur

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  • ISBN-13: 9780226244693
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/1984
  • Series: Phoenix Poets Series
  • Pages: 64

Meet the Author

David Ferry was born in Orange, New Jersey in 1924. He is the author of a number of books of poetry and has translated several works from classical languages. Currently he is the Sophie Chantal Hart Professor Emeritus of English at Wellesley College, as well as a visiting lecturer in the Graduate Creative Writing Program at Boston University and a distinguished visiting scholar at Suffolk University.

His book of new and selected poems and translations, Of No Country I Know, published in 1999 by the University of Chicago Press, received the Lenore Marshall Prize from the Academy of American Poets and the Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry from the Library of Congress.

In 2011 he was awarded the $100,000 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize for lifetime achievement. Other awards include the Sixtieth Fellowship of the Academy of American Poets, the Harold Morton Landon Translation Award, the Teasdale Prize for Poetry, the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, the Ingram Merrill Award, and the William Arrowsmith Translation Prize from AGNI magazine. He was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1998.

He won the 2012 National Book Award for Poetry for Bewilderment.

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Table of Contents

One
A Tomb at Tarquinia
At the Bus Stop; Eurydice
Ellery Street
My Mother's Dying
Several Voices
A Night-Time River Road
Two
On a Sunday Morning
Sculptures by Dimitri Hadzi
Evening News I
Evening News II
Three
Caprimulgidae
A Charm
On Haystack Mountain
The Waiting
Table Talk
Cynthera
In Eden
A Walk in the Woods
Seen through a Window
Out on Lanesville
Four
To Sestius
La Farandola dei Fanciulli
In Balance
Five
A Telephone Call
At the Hospital
To Sally
At the Hospital
Six
After Spotsylvania Court House
Photographs from a Book: Six Poems
Graveyard
Counterpart
Seven
Rereading Old Writing
Notes

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