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A Constant Longing: New and Selected Poems 1976-1998
In an era of handsomely written books of poetry largely about their own skill with language, it's more than a little breathtaking to encounter a poet who writes for the most basic reason: Because he has to. That emotional and psychic pressure that derives from the absolute need to write is almost everywhere in this book, and it gives the poems at times an almost unbearable ...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published February 1st 2000 by Carnegie-Mellon University Press
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Ok, I'm biased. Sampson is a friend of mine. But I've read all of his books -- 6 or 7, so many can't keep track -- over many years, so I think I can maintain a reasonable degree of critical distance. These are mostly early poems, and his voice is more oracular than in later work but still always rooted in precise,penetrating detail that seems both rich in its ordinariness and mythical shimmer. He's accessible but never shallow. Many of these poems reward multiple readings over many years. "What ...more