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Selected Poems by W.H. Auden - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780307278081
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Published: Vintage - February 13th, 2007

A great introduction to Auden, one of the preeminent poets of the 20th century (top five for me). This edition is a great place to start and includes the wonderful poems that he eventually renounced and disowned including “September 1, 1939,” the complete sonnet sequence “In Time of War,” and all of the stanzas of “In Memory of W.B. Yeats.” A poet of genius and rare gifts. Here are all of his best poems, poems that stand with any in the language and will be read as long as people care about words pleasingly arranged in a masterful balance of form and content. ~ Reviewed by Dafydd Wood


Collected Poems by W.H. Auden - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780679731979
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Published: Vintage - April 23rd, 1991

This volume collects all of the poetry Auden wished to preserve. A mighty tome worth having next to his Selected. If uneven, still always well done and interesting. Here you can get “For the Time Being,” “The Age of Anxiety,” “No, Plato, No,” “Doggerel by a Senior Citizen,” which are not in the Selected. And (almost) everything else. ~ Reviewed by Dafydd Wood


The Complete Poems by Philip Larkin - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780374533663
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - April 2nd, 2013

The supreme edition of the supreme poet of the latter half of the 20th century (in my view). Larkin’s slim published works are gorgeously constructed poems that deftly wed British slang and a perfect ear for meter and rhyme. They are deeply pessimistic, almost nihilistic, but beautiful. The way he closes a poem is unparalleled—a sweeping negative vision that always turns back upon himself. But, even then, there are positive moments. An incomplete list of Larkin’s masterpieces – “Sad Steps,” “At Grass,” “Aubade,” “High Windows,” “Church Going,” “The Explosion,” “MCMXIV,” etc. One of my absolute favorite poets. ~ Reviewed by Dafydd Wood


Autobiography of Red: A Novel in Verse by Anne Carson - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780375701290
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Published: Vintage - July 27th, 1999

A most unusual "autobiography" begun at age five by the red, winged Geryon. He records with words and his camera his abusive brother, elusive lover, and conducive travels with a fixation on volcanoes and an endpoint in Peru, where Geryon's mythological life may simultaneously hold, and erupt. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Autobiography of Red: A Novel in Verse by Anne Carson - Book Review

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Published: Vintage - July 27th, 1999

Carson transposes Geryon, the winged, red monster from Greek myth into the modern world, where he is a depressed, artsy, gay teenage boy. In the myth, Herakles is Geryon's murderer. In Carson's story, Herakles is Geryon's lover. In a modern setting where myth collides with hockey practice, television, babysitters, and love triangles, Carson creates a haunting effect. Geryon is a boy like any other boy, a monster like any other monster, contemplating his boyness, his monsterness. ~ Reviewed by Hanna Yost


Helium by Rudy Francisco - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781943735198
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Published: Button Poetry - November 28th, 2017

Francisco grounds his poems in alienation, estrangement, racism, and loneliness. Yet, they are not heavy. With insight and intelligence, through imagination and imagery, Francisco assesses difficulties, proposes remedies, and recognizes our elemental ability, and desire, to rise. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


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