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Ultramarine: Poems

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"Mr. Carver is heir to that most appealing American poetic voice, the lyricism of Theodore Roethke and James Wright.... this book is a treasure, one to return to. No one's brevity is as rich, as complete, as Raymond Carver's."
--New York Times Book Review

"Carver's gifts as a storyteller shine through his poetry.... Sometimes a Carver poem also works as a short story, with all its elements--character, diction, place, event--compressed intact into the brevity of verse. And sometimes Carver delivers the goods in ...

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Overview

"Mr. Carver is heir to that most appealing American poetic voice, the lyricism of Theodore Roethke and James Wright.... this book is a treasure, one to return to. No one's brevity is as rich, as complete, as Raymond Carver's."
--New York Times Book Review

"Carver's gifts as a storyteller shine through his poetry.... Sometimes a Carver poem also works as a short story, with all its elements--character, diction, place, event--compressed intact into the brevity of verse. And sometimes Carver delivers the goods in pure lyrical form, in words as full of yearning and sensibility as those of a very young man, but poems possessing the hard-won qualities of focus, stillness and irony only rewarded by experience."
--Los Angeles Times

"Ultramarine is filled with many of the richest and most powerful poems Carver has written..."--LA Times

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Carver's poignant, soul-searching mini-narratives about deathinterspersed with descriptions of natural beautyare a test of relationships between parents and between lovers, a projection of a shattered family of man onto a screen before which the poet stands angry and amazed. ``Attached/ to this world by nothing more than hope,'' the poet confronts each poem's episode of pain buoyed up by ``the workings of comfort.'' His mind dwells on varieties of humiliationhaving his eardrum broken by a frozen snowball, working in an autopsy room where a man's ``vital organs/lay in a pan beside his head,'' having earwigs crawl out of a rum cake. Yet he is resolved not to despair but to see these events as a part of ``So much that is mysterious . . . happening out there.'' Frank Allen, Assoc. Dean, Continuing Education, Allentown Coll., Center Valley, Pa.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780394755359
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/28/1987
  • Series: Vintage Contemporaries Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 5.24 (w) x 7.99 (h) x 0.38 (d)

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