Selected Poems

ISBN-10: 037571166X

ISBN-13: 9780375711664

Edition: 2008

Authors: James Ingram Merrill, J. D. McClatchy, Stephen Yenser

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James 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 rings 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. Log Then when the flame forked like a sudden path I 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 details

List price: $20.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/28/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 324
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

James Ingram Merrill 1926-1995 James Ingram Merrill was born in New York on March 3, 1926. He attended Amherst College. Merrill would go on to receive every major poetry award in the United States, including the 1977 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for Divine Comedies. Merrill was honored in mid-career with the Bollingen Prize in 1973. He would receive the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1983 for his epic poem The Changing Light at Sandover. He won the National Book Award for Poetry twice, in 1967 for Nights and Days and in 1979 for Mirabell: Books of Number. Merrill died on February 6, 1995. Since his death, his work has been anthologized in three divisions: Collected Poems, Collected Prose, and Collected Novels and Plays.

J. D. McClatchy is the author of four books of poems, two books of literary essays, & four opera libretti. He is the editor of "The Yale Review" & a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.

Stephen Yenser is Professor of English, University of California, Los Angeles.

Introduction
FromFirst Poems,1951
The Black Swan The House From
The Country of a Thousand Years of Peace,1959
The Country of a Thousand Years of Peace
The Lovers A Renewal Upon a Second Marriage
The Charioteer of Delphi Mirror Marsyas
The Doodler Voices From the Other World In the Hall of Mirrors
A Dedication From
Water Street,1962
An Urban Convalescence After Greece
For Proust Scenes of Childhood
Angel Swimming by Night A Tenancy From
Nights and Days,1966 Nightgown
The Thousand and Second Night Time Charles on Fire
The Broken Home
The Current
The Mad Scene From
The Cupola Days of 1964 From
The Fire Screen,1969 Lorelei
The Friend of the Fourth Decade Words for Maria To My Greek
Last Words Another August Mornings in a New House Matin�es
The Summer People From
Braving the Elements, 1972
Log After the Fire Days of 1935 18 West 11th Street Willowware
Cup From Up and Down Fl�che d’or Days of 1971
The Victor Dog Syrinx From
Divine Comedies, 1976
The Kimono Lost in Translation Chimes for Yahya Y�nnina Verse for Urania
The Will FromThe Changing Light at Sandover, 1982 From
The Book of Ephraim FromScripts for the Pageant
From Late Settings, 1985 Grass
The Pier: Under Pisces
The School Play Page From the Koran Santo Bronze Channel 13 Paul Val�ry: Palme After the Ball
From The Inner Room, 1988 Little Fallacy Arabian Night
The Parnassians Ginger Beef Dead Center Losing the Marbles
Investiture at Cecconi’s Farewell Performance Processional From
A Scattering of Salts, 1995 A Downward
Look Nine Lives Snow Jobs
The Instilling My Father’s Irish Setters Vol. XLIV, No. 3 b o d y
Pledge Family Week at Oracle Ranch Overdue Pilgrimage to Nova Scotia Self-Portrait in Tyvek
TM Windbreaker An Upward Look From
Collected Poems, 2001 After Cavafy Oranges
In the Pink Rhapsody on Czech
Themes Christmas Tree Koi Days of 1994
Notes
Short Chronology Suggestions for Further Reading
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