Great Fires Poems, 1982-1992

ISBN-10: 0679747672

ISBN-13: 9780679747673

Edition: N/A

Authors: Jack Gilbert

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JOYCE'S MOTTO has had much fame but few apostles. Among them, there has been Jack Gilbert and his orthodoxy, a strictness that has required of this poet, now in the seventh decade of his severe life, the penalty of his having had almost no fame at all. In an era that puts before the artist so many sleek and official temptations, keeping unflinchingly to a code of "silence, exile, and cunning" could not have been managed without a show of strictness well beyond the reach of the theater of the coy. The "far, stubborn, disastrous" course of Jack Gilbert's resolute journey--not one that would promise in time to bring him home to the consolations of Penelope and the comforts of Ithaca but one that would instead take him ever outward to the impossible blankness of the desert--could never have been achieved in the society of others. What has kept this great poet brave has been the difficult company of his poems--and now we have, in Gilbert's third and most silent book, what may be, what must be, the bravest of these imperial accomplishments.  
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List price: $17.00
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 2/13/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 112
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Jack Gilbert was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on February 17, 1925. He received a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Pittsburgh in 1954 and a master's from San Francisco State in 1963. He also attended Jack Spicer's Magic Poetry Workshop. His first collection of poetry, Views of Jeopardy, won the 1961 Yale Younger Poets Prize and was published in 1962. His other works include Monolithos, which won the Stanley Kunitz Prize and the American Poetry Review Prize; The Dance Most of All; Transgressions: Selected Poems; Refusing Heaven, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award; and The Great Fires: Poems 1982-1992. He died after developing pneumonia on November 13, 2012 at the age of 87.

Going Wrong
The Forgotten Dialect of the Heart
Measuring the Tyger
Voices Inside and Out
Tear it Down
Dante Dancing
The Great Fires
Finding Something
Prospero without His Magic
Finding Eurydice
Going There
Haunted Importantly
Searching for Pittsburgh
Explicating the Twilight
Steel Guitars
Recovering Amid the Farms
The Spirit and the Soul
To See If Something Comes Next
A Stubborn Ode
Scheming in the Snow
Ruins and Wabi
Trying to Have Something Left Over
On Stone
Relative Pitch
What is There to Say?
Prospero Dreams of Arnaut Daniel Inventing Love in the Twelfth Century
Tasters for the Lord
Carrying Torches at Noon
A Year Later
Looking Away from Longing
The Milk of Paradise
Gift Horses
Hard Wired
The White Heart of God
Michiko Nogami (1946-1982)
The Container for the Thing Contained
Moment of Grace
The Lord Sits with Me Out in Front
Between Aging and Old
The History of Men
Older Women
Highlights and Interstices
Music is the Memory of What Never Happened
Michiko Dead
Harm and Boon in the Meetings
Man at a Window
Foraging for Wood on the Mountain
In Umbria
Conceiving Himself
Me and Capablanca
A Ghost Sings, a Door Opens
I Imagine the Gods
Thinking About Ecstasy
Night Songs and Day Songs
Eating with the Emperor
Playing House
Beyond Beginnings
Theoretical Lives
From These Nettles, Alms
Hot Nights in Florida
Getting it All
The Edge of the World
Leporello on Don Giovanni
First Times
Half the Truth
The Lives of Famous Men
Getting Old
How to Love the Dead
Almost Happy
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