Whereas: Poems

Whereas: Poems

by Stephen Dunn


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In wise and masterful poems, Stephen Dunn “reveals a deep understanding of human longing and the desire to become more than what we are” (Washington Post).

Incisively capturing the oddities of our logic and the whimsies of our reason, the poems in Whereas show there is always another side to a story. With graceful rhythm and equal parts humor and seriousness, Pulitzer Prize winner Stephen Dunn examines the difficulties of telling the truth, and the fictions with which we choose to live. Finding beauty in the ordinary, this collection considers the superstition and sophistry embedded in everyday life, allowing room for more rethinking, reflection, revision, prayer, and magic in the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393356526
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 04/30/2019
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 80
Sales rank: 1,269,084
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Stephen Dunn is the author of nineteen poetry collections. He received the Pulitzer Prize for Different Hours and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the recipient of an Academy Award for Literature. A Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Richard Stockton University, he lives in Frostburg, Maryland.

Table of Contents

A Card from Me to Me xi


Propositions 1

Creatures 2

Moon Song 3

In Order to be True to Life 4

If it's True 6

Call Them All In 7

In the Land of Superstition 9

An Evolution of Prayer 11

The Invisible Man Blues 12

Unnatural 13

Emergings 15


Whereas the Animal I Cannot Help But Be 19

The Problem 20

Give Me 22

At the School for the Deaf 24

The Famous Man 26

The Architect 28

In Other Words 29

Come Visit 30

Even the Awful 31

If Dark Clouds 32

Be Careful 36

Nothing Personal 38

The First Person 40


Ambush At Five O'Clock 43

Why We Need Unions 45

Slippages 46

Men Falling 47

The Melancholy of the Nude 49

The Owner of the Boutique at Redwood Falls 50

Impediment 51

For some a Mountain 52

One Night at Mama Sorrento's 54

In Distress 55

The Revolt of the Turtles 56

Always Something More Beautiful 58

Let's Say 59

A Short History of Long Ago 61

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