The Collected Poems of Weldon Kees (Revised Edition)


During Weldon Kees’s life, his poems appeared in all the most prestigious magazines of the day—Poetry (Chicago), the New Yorker, Kenyon Review, Partisan Review, and the Nation.

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During Weldon Kees’s life, his poems appeared in all the most prestigious magazines of the day—Poetry (Chicago), the New Yorker, Kenyon Review, Partisan Review, and the Nation.

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Editorial Reviews

The Village Voice

“Not many poets can do better than this; not many ever have. . . . This is poetry to read over and over again.”—The Village Voice

Hudson Review

“The true impulse of [Kees’s] work shows in its constantly surprising inventiveness and in the certainty and naturalness of its speech.”—Hudson Review

Poetry Magazine

“Kees was both a gifted lyric poet and a restless experimenter, whose diverse background as an abstract expressionist painter, a jazz pianist and composer, and a filmmaker enriched his sense of formal possibilities.”—Poetry Magazine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803258280
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/1992
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 180
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

The Collected Poems of Weldon Kees has been edited and introduced by Donald Justice, himself a preeminent American poet. The University of Nebraska Press has also published Weldon Kees and the Midcentury Generation: Letters, 1935-1955, edited by Robert E. Knoll.
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Table of Contents

The Last Man 1
Subtitle 3
Statement with Rhymes 4
Two Cities 5
The Speakers 6
Corsage 7
The Inquiry 8
The Situation Clarified 9
Variations on a Theme by Joyce 10
Praise to the Mind 11
What the Spider Heard 12
White Collar Ballad 13
For My Daughter 14
The Scene of the Crime 15
For H.V. (1901-1927) 16
June 1940 17
After the Trial 18
The Party 20
A Cornucopia for Daily Use 21
Resort 23
The Caterpillar and the Men from Cambridge 24
On a Painting by Rousseau 25
Aunt Elizabeth 26
Early Winter 27
To the North 28
Scream as You Leave 29
When the Lease Is Up 30
Henry James at Newport 31
Stale Weather 33
Midnight 34
Obituary 35
Fugue 36
Insectae Borinquenses 37
The Forests 38
The View of the Castle 39
To a Contemporary 40
Homage to Arthur Waley 41
The City as Hero 42
Lines for an Album 43
The Smiles of the Bathers 44
The Fall of the Magicians 45
Eight Variations 47
The Conversation in the Drawing Room 52
The Contours of Fixation 54
Moving Target 55
The Patient is Rallying 56
Report of the Meeting 57
Robinson 59
The Ambassadors 60
Dynamite for Operas 62
Sestina: Travel Notes 63
Five Villanelles 65
A Brief Introduction to the History of Culture 69
Poem Instead of a Letter 70
That Winter 71
Abstracts of Dissertations 72
Girl at Midnight 73
Crime Club 75
Xantha Street 76
A Good Chord on a Bad Piano 77
River Song 78
The Heat in the Room 79
The Bell from Europe 80
The Doctor Will Return 81
Year's End 82
Death Under Glass 83
Routes to Headquarters 84
Poems 1947-1954 87
The Hourglass 89
The Lives 96
The Testimony of James Apthorp 97
Round 100
Turtle 101
A Pastiche for Eve 102
Return of the Ghost 103
1926 104
The Upstairs Room 105
Guide to the Symphony 106
Land's End 108
Saratoga Ending 109
Dog 111
Testimonies 112
Travels in North America 114
La Vita Nuova 119
Back 120
Dead March 121
The Locusts, the Plaza, the Room 122
Weather for Pilgrims 123
Interregnum 125
Problems of a Journalist 126
A Late History 127
Aspects of Robinson 129
The Clinic 130
Speeches and Lyric for a Play 132
The Beach in August 135
Robinson at Home 136
A Distance from the Sea 137
A Salvo for Hans Hofmann 140
The Darkness 141
The Coming of the Plague 142
The Furies 143
Wet Thursday 145
Equinox 146
Relating to Robinson 148
January 150
Farrago 151
The Base 152
Colloquy 153
The Umbrella 154
Small Prayer 157
To Build a Quiet City in His Mind 161
To A Noisy Contemporary 162
The Older Programs that We Falsified 163
Place of Execution 164
That Figure with the Moulting Beard 167
The Bunyip 168
First Anniversary 169
Covering Two Years 170
A Nameless Place 171
The Exposed Reef 172
Rites for Winter 173
If This Room Is Our World 174
The End of the Library 175
Late Evening Song 176
A Musician's Wife 177
The Cats 178
Acknowledgments 179
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