This Time: New and Selected Poems

This Time: New and Selected Poems

by Gerald Stern
     
 

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An exhilarating new collection by the poet often acclaimed as the modern Walt Whitman, his "spiritual reincarnation."
"This healthy collection of new poems and selections from seven previous volumes is remarkable for its generosity of spirit, manifested in a warm surrealism that is often turned with humor toward his own past as a way of understanding the

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An exhilarating new collection by the poet often acclaimed as the modern Walt Whitman, his "spiritual reincarnation."
"This healthy collection of new poems and selections from seven previous volumes is remarkable for its generosity of spirit, manifested in a warm surrealism that is often turned with humor toward his own past as a way of understanding the recurrent questions of growing old: 'Why did it take so long / for me to get lenient? What does it mean one life / only?' " — Publishers Weekly (starred review) "Gerald Stern's achievement is immense. In this beautiful gathering . . . one encounters a poet who praises and mourns in turn and even at once." — Grace Schulman, The Nation "Stern is one of those rare poetic souls who makes it almost impossible to remember what our world was like before his poetry came to exalt it." — C. K. Williams

Editorial Reviews

NY Times Book Review
[The book is] remarkable for its generosity of spirit, manifested in a warm surrealism that is often turned with humor toward his own past as a way of understanding the recurrent questions of growing old.
Memphis Commercial Appeal
It is a special pleasure to have Gerald Stern's This Time available in one volume....Stern is an observer and comic philsopher of simple riches.
New York Times Book Review
[The book is] remarkable for its generosity of spirit, manifested in a warm surrealism that is often turned with humor toward his own past as a way of understanding the recurrent questions of growing old.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
At once self-involved and sympathetic, Stern catalogues with wry dexterity a vast range of sensory data and cultural detritus, always united by 'women and men of all sizes and all ages/ living together, without satire.' This healthy collection of new poems and selections from his seven previous volumes (Odd Mercy) is remarkable for its generosity of spirit, manifested in a warm surrealism that is often turned with humor toward his own past ('My great specialty was darkness then/ and radiant sexual energy') as a way of understanding the recurrent questions of growing old: 'Why did it take so long/ for me to get lenient? What does it mean one life/ only?' The greatest joy here lies in the excellence of Stern's longer sentences, which recall Whitman in their life-like pulse and flow, in their subtle verbal patternings that submerge rhetorical artifice beneath the breath of actual speech. Stern's closing assessment of his poem 'Your Animal' is indicative of the ethics of the volume as a whole: 'It is my poem against the starving heart./ It is my victory over meanness.' When the poet warns, 'Nothing is too small for my sarcasm,' the counsel is a false snare; irony is not sarcasm, and it is Stern's ironic voice that allows for 'some understanding, some surcease,/ some permanence' without lapsing into lyric sentimentality.
Deborah Garrison
It is often you come across poetry that makes you want to turn to the stranger next to you on the bus, grab him by the collar, and say, 'You have to read this!'
The New Yorker

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393319095
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
06/28/1999
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.80(d)

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