New PDF release: All of Us: The Collected Poems

By Raymond Carver

ISBN-10: 1101970537

ISBN-13: 9781101970539

"Carver's poetry is like a virtually invisible strand of fishing line reeling us all jointly, connecting us by means of the heart." --San Francisco Examiner and Chronicle

This prodigiously wealthy assortment means that Raymond Carver used to be not just America's most interesting author of brief fiction, but additionally certainly one of its such a lot large-hearted and affecting poets. Like Carver's tales, the greater than three hundred poems in we all are marked via a willing consciousness to the actual international; an uncanny skill to compress enormous feeling into discreet moments; a voice of conversational intimacy, and an unstinting sympathy.

This entire variation brings jointly the entire poems of Carver's 5 earlier books, from Fires to the posthumously released No Heroics, Please. It additionally comprises bibliographical and textual notes on person poems; a chronology of Carver's lifestyles and paintings; and a relocating creation through Carver's widow, the poet Tess Gallagher.

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The counsels of the gods are sequestered in severe consultation.  .  "the roots of" ha ha, "existential thinking," I mean come on how can you compare the killers of Montherlant and Gide and Malraux let's not forget Camus and Melville Melville? Jean-Pierre, Le Samurai, the director whom Jean Seberg interviews in the airport in Breathless and asks him how many women a man can love and he can't stop counting.  ?  The dizzying light and heat. His eyes sting from the downpour of his own salty sweat.

Being disabled in the lime-tree bower appealed to him (don't ask me why I'm one for vast expanses myself) unless physical limits enabled him to focus, do one thing at a time and abandon manic projects. It's as if Wordsworth sensed that this innovative poem, "founded on a new principle," to count in each line "the accents, not the syllables," springing rhythm free from rigid numbers, could throw too much attention on his blocked, burdened beyond measure, forever beleagured and uncertain collaborator.

He may quote from Holderlin but he sounds like Horace. Cautionary words drive me up the wall.  .  .  .  . in an age like ours? Would he run around giving good advice, like his later incarnation, Horatio, to those dudes on the parapets who are clueless enough to ask, vis-à-vis the ghost of Hamlet's father on that cliff that beetles over that base into the sea, "shall I strike at it with my partisan"? Or those bodiless creations ecstasy is very cunning in? Have you forgotten again that error and misprision are our allies?

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