Ultramarine

Ultramarine

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by Raymond Carver
     
 

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One of Raymond Carver’s final collections of poetry, moving from the beauty of the natural world to thoughts of mortality and family and art. Throughout, Carver “has the astonished, chastened voice of a person who has survived a wreck, as surprised that he had a life before it as that he has one afterward, willing to remember both sides” (The

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One of Raymond Carver’s final collections of poetry, moving from the beauty of the natural world to thoughts of mortality and family and art. Throughout, Carver “has the astonished, chastened voice of a person who has survived a wreck, as surprised that he had a life before it as that he has one afterward, willing to remember both sides” (The New York Times Book Review).

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"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
Library Journal
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780394755359
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/28/1987
Series:
Vintage Contemporaries Series
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
1,413,678
Product dimensions:
5.24(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.37(d)

Meet the Author

Raymond Carver was born in Clatskanie, Oregon, in 1938. His first collection of stories, Will You Please Be Quiet, Please (a National Book Award nominee in 1977), was followed by What We Talk About When We Talk About Love, Cathedral (nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in 1984), and Where I'm Calling From in 1988, when he was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He died August 2, 1988, shortly after completing the poems of A New Path to the Waterfall.

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