New and Selected Poems 1974-1994
- Author:Stephen Dunn
- Publisher:W. W. Norton & Company
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- Languages:English (Unknown), English (Original Language), English (Published)
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- Dimensions (in):9.3 x 6.1 x 0.9
- Publication Date:May 17, 1995
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Justly celebrated as one of our strongest poets, Stephen Dunn selects from his eight collections and presents sixteen new poems marked by the haunting "Snowmass Cycle."
Stephen Dunn has produced a very impressive body of work which avoids grand themes and focuses on the details. His "Essay on the Personal," could almost serve as his poetic mission statement: "Because finally the personal / is all that matters, / we spend years describing stones, /chairs, abandoned farmhouses." These personal obsession aren't the whole picture, though. They lead, ultimately, outward, in the individual's wish to understand others and to be understood. Of the new poems, "Decorum," about an argument over a profane word in a creative writing class, is the standout.
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