A Wave

A Wave
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ISBN10: 
0374525471
ISBN13: 
9780374525477
Pages: 
96
Published: 
March 18th 1998 by Farrar Straus Giroux
Rating: 
4.12

First published in 1984 and now appearing in a new edition, A Wave is widely considered one of Ashbery's finest books of poetry. The 44 pieces collected here--particularly the long title-poem--find the poet applying his uniquely lyric, meditative, and often hilarious sensibility to the mysterious and incessant curves and crests of love, art, thought, experience, and selfhood.

Blackbird and Wolf: Poems

Blackbird and Wolf: Poems

I don't want words to sever me from reality.
I don't want to need them. I want nothing
to reveal feeling but feeling--as in freedom,
or the knowledge of peace in a realm beyond,
or the sound of water poured in a bowl....
Planisphere: New Poems

Planisphere: New Poems

Breathlike

Just as the day could use another hour,
I need another idea. Not a concept
or a slogan. Something more like a rut
made thousands of years ago by one of the first
wheels as it rolled along. It never came...

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This reissue of a book of thirty-nine poems, first collected in 1977, reminds us of Ashbery's astonishing explorations (to use Donald Barthelme's words) of places where no one has ever been. "Wet Casements," "Syringa," "Loving Mad Tom,...
Where Shall I Wander

Where Shall I Wander

You meant more than life to me. I lived
through you not knowing, not knowing I
was living.
I learned that you called for me. I came to
where you were living, up a stair. There
was no one there.
No one to...

Can You Hear, Bird

Can You Hear, Bird

Ashbery fans will welcome this collection of one hundred and twelve poems where the signature qualities of Ashbery's greatest work are on every page with a new intensity and power.
Other Traditions

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One of the greatest living poets in English here explores the work of six writers he often finds himself reading in order to get started when writing, poets he turns to as a poetic jump-start for times when the batteries have run down. Among those whom John...
Travels

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In Travels, one of the most beautiful and moving collections of poetry of his career, W. S. Merwin displays his narrative gifts to provide us with a book of deep historical resonance and luminous poetic grace With each new book we have been reminded why, for forty years, he has...