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This Strangest Everything

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John Ciardi is increasingly recognized as one of the major contemporary voices in American poetry. In these poems there is a richness and density of detail, a heightened narrative impact, and a sense of each poem's realizing itself within a fresh and highly contemporary lyricism.

Cover photograph by Edwad Weston.
Hardcover, 104 pages
Published July 1st 1966 by Rutgers University Press
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Apr 05, 2009 Philip rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
I expected something more of Ciardi. Our library is teeming with volumes of his poetry, so I thought to give him a chance. I haven't yet decided if it was worth it.

I didn't care for the vast majority of the poems. I wonder if others felt the same way, because it wasn't until I was on page 88 (out of 104) that anyone had left a mark on the page. A simple check at the top, as if to say, "Finally, I find this one acceptable." That particular poem was one I liked as well, entitled: Sermon Notes.

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Oct 08, 2007 Vincent Saint-Simon rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: St. Andrew
Sirs and Madams,

One of these days I'll tell you about this great poet John Ciardi, and how he just so happened to live in the exact wrong time period for a person to be writing. This book isn't his best, but there are some very good things to be gleaned.


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John Arfwedson rated it it was amazing
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Contains "The Catalpa" one of my favourite poems.
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John Anthony Ciardi (June 24, 1916 – March 30, 1986) was an American poet, translator, editor, writer and etymologist.
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“I'm smiled out, talked out, quipped out, socialized so far from any being, I need the weight of mortal silences to get realized back into myself.” 79 likes
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