“[Dobyns’ poetry] has a somber, eccentric beauty not quite like anything else around these days.”The New York Times Book Review
“[Dobyns] blends philosophical musings with daft, deft metaphors and a cheeky vernacular.”Poetry
Poet and best-selling novelist Stephen Dobyns employs everything from Atlantic seascapes to werewolf dreams to explore issues public and private. By turns tough and tender, Dobyns’ plainspoken poems create and reflect a worldview full of possibilities. He contrasts the quotidian with the exalted, always delivered in a precise, familiar voice. Daily walks become meditations on politics, philosophy, literature, and the larger considerations of existence and being.
Stephen Dobyns is the author of twenty-one books of fiction, including the popular Saratoga crime series, twelve books of poetry, and a collection of nonfiction. Dobyns has worked as a reporter for The Detroit News and has taught at the University of Iowa, Sarah Lawrence College, Warren Wilson College, Syracuse University, and Boston University. He lives in Rhode Island.
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About the Author
Stephen Dobyns is the author of twenty-one books of fiction, including the popular "Saratoga" crime novels, twelve books of poetry, and a collection of non-fiction. Dobyns has worked as a reporter for the Detroit News and has taught at the University of Iowa, Sarah Lawrence College, Warren Wilson College, Syracuse University, and Boston University. He lives in Rhode Island.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
'Winter's Journey' by Stephen DobynsStephen Dobyns, poet, is also novelist, essayist, teacher and dog-walker par excellence. Politics and nature are the basics of his 'Winter's Journey.' His appreciation of the natural world contrasts with his views of our current state of affairs. (He mentions that 'Most of these poems were begun in the winter of 2007 and were affected by that season's political climate.' Readers will wish they had his expressive ability. . . he speaks for many of us.) 'Mourning Doves' covers a great deal of history: memories of his mother's reactions meld into his assessment of school systems, citing the public's willingness to accept miraculous claims (example: the appearance of the Virgin Mary's face on grilled cheese sandwich, which sold for $28,000).Rather than opening up himself to ironic remarks (from the man who delivers oil for his furnace), he muses on the trajectory of the money he pays for oil. 'Nickel' ranges from the far east to Saks Fitfh Avenue before he takes himself and the dog to the beach, 'telling myself i've completed significant work, even if what I mean by work is just the good fortune to forget.'The book closes with 'Lost.' Only four 4-line stanzas its effect is that of a challenge (or a conundrum?) All these poems merit rereading, and reading aloud reinforces their effect.