James Merrill: Selected Poems
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James Merrill: Selected Poems by James Merrill
Book DescriptionJames Merrill himself once called his body of work chronicles of love and loss, and in twenty books written over four decades he used the details of his own life comic and haunting, exotic and domestic to shape a portrait that in turn mirrored the image of our world and our moment. This volume brings together the best of Merrill from the domestic rupture of The Broken Home to the universal connections of Lost in Translation; from the American storyteller of The Summer People to the ecologically motivated satirist of Self-Portrait in a TyvekTM Windbreaker. Merrill dazzles at every turn, and this balanced and compact selection will be an ideal introduction to the work for both students and general readers, and an instant favorite among his familiars. LogThen when the flame forked like a sudden pathI gasped and stumbled, and was less.Density pulsing upward, gauze of ash, Dear light along the way to nothingness, What could be made of you but light, and this?"
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780375711664
(230mm x 178mm x 26mm)
Imprint: Alfred A. Knopf
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
Publish Date: 28-Oct-2008
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author James Merrill
Changing Light at Sandover, Paperback / softback (August 2011)
This dazzling epic poem remains as startling today as when it first emerged in separate volumes over a period of several years starting in 1976.
Selected Poems, Paperback (April 1996)View all books by James Merrill
This volume of Merrill's work includes material from all of his books. Merrill brings his resourceful diction to traditional and invented forms. Readers who find his poems "baroque" discover on closer acquaintance control, balance and containment.
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Author Biography - James Merrill
James Merrill (1926 1995) wrote twelve books of poems, as well as the epic The Changing Light at Sandover. He published two plays, two novels, and a memoir, A Different Person. The recipient of numerous awards for his poetry, including two National Book Awards, the Bollingen Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, and the Bobbitt Prize from the Library of Congress, Merrill was also a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters."
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