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In Beauty Bright: Poems

3.11  ·  Rating Details  ·  36 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
The lyric poems of In Beauty Bright, although marked by the same passion and swiftness as Gerald Stern’s previous work, move into an area of knowledge—even wisdom—that reflects a long life of writing, teaching, and activism. They are poems of grief and anger, but the music is delicate and moving.

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In beauty-bright and such it was like Blake’s

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ebook, 96 pages
Published September 3rd 2012 by W. W. Norton & Company
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Dec 03, 2012 Mark rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

Another book I grabbed off of the new books shelves at Deschutes Public Library. I figured if it was written by an old guy with 17 other books of poetry under his belt and several awards, including a National Book Award, a National Jewish Book Award and a Wallace Stevens Award, he must be reasonably talented.

Talented? Perhaps. I had to force myself to read it from the very beginning. I cannot explain why I simply did not give up. Perhaps it was because I a
James Murphy
Here are poems expressed in a single utterance, no matter how long or short. They can be read as a sentence. This fact, while giving them an obscurity, also veils their complexity and sometimes, drawn as they seemingly are out of other contexts, they don't drag interest with them. But in a few of them you can see the magic. "Love" is such a poem. It gives you an idea of how he performs the trick, fusing a woman in her bath with all women, the Holocaust, and literature. It's astonishing and leads ...more
Apr 23, 2014 Jsavett1 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was tough to get through and it wasn't even long. I've long been a dedicated fan of Stern's poetry and, of course, still am, but this latest collection is just terrible. It just feels like he's got little left in the tank. The poems here have the patina of wordplay and magic and mystery which characterized Stern's previous work, but with rare exception, there's not much going on beneath that surface which resonates. With the exception of "Frogs," there aren't many poems here which I care to ...more
May 05, 2015 Matt rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Jan 31, 2013 Karlan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult, poetry, older-ya
Gerald Stern's poetry is puzzling but not difficult to read. He has won many awards including The National Book Award and is well worth reading. I heard him read several years ago, and my reading pleasure was increased by recalling the mischievous delivery of his poems then.
Aug 31, 2013 Nan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I could not connect with this book. The inside flap of the dust jacket calls the collection "poignant" and "urgent". Ruminative is a better word. The poems are clever, run-on sentences. They twist and turn in on themselves. There are no surprises. There is little music.
Jan 29, 2014 Theo rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I really couldn't get through this book. 'The Rose' is such a great poem. I can't believe it's the same guy that wrote this book. Other poems I've read plus the cover of this sold me, but I'm very disappointed.
Nov 09, 2012 Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A first-class new collection by this celebrated poet. We lost Ginsberg, but we've still got Stern.
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Gerald Stern, the author of seventeen poetry collections, has won the National Book Award, the National Jewish Book Award, the Ruth Lilly Prize, and the Wallace Stevens Award, among others. He lives in Lambertville, New Jersey.
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