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ISBN-10: 039386653X
ISBN-13: 9780393866537
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publish Date: 06/22/2021
Dimensions: 8.30" L, 5.60" W, 0.60" H

Forever: Poems

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Praised for a voice with the crystalline, transformative, pure pitch of a lyric poet (Ilya Kaminsky), James Longenbach explores a life lived with the knowledge of its end in his sixth collection. These luminous, lyrical poems pose a question: Why did this poet once live as if he would live forever? And what does it mean to know that we will not?

Forever explores the meaning of love, from its discovery in the first poem, Two People, to its maintenance in the last, Forever. In between, the volume explores the precariously imminent demise of all that we love?the finite lives of other people, the mortal beauty of Venice–all thrown into urgent relief by the poet’s own cancer diagnosis.

Evoking the vivid dailiness of domestic life…and the specificity and poignance of memories, these lyrics are intimately personal, achingly autobiographical (Langdon Hammer, American Scholar). Forthright, moving, and wry, the poems in Forever look back gratefully–excitedly–on a lifetime of self-making and self-shattering events.

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In the pages of this tender, immediate, sharp book, you can find something our world has made nearly impossible: language freed of lies that nevertheless consoles. James Longenbach turns his cry outward, as if toward a friend in a future he won't see, surveying childhood and marriage, surface and depth, Europe and America, with a sonic minimalism buoyed as much by the comedy in our affairs as the tragedy of their brevity. I'm certain I'll remember the most beautiful poems in this book for my entire human life.–Katie Peterson
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Details

ISBN-10: 039386653X
ISBN-13: 9780393866537
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publish Date: 06/22/2021
Dimensions: 8.30" L, 5.60" W, 0.60" H
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