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The Great Wheel

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In his fifth book, Paul Mariani uses the image of the wheel to chart the kinds of losses we all face in living--deaths and separations, lost loves, lost friends, lost happiness. The wheel of fortune, a ferris wheel ridden with a friend now dead, Dante's paradisal wheel, the wheel of the morning sun, by turns call up the writings of Hart Crane, Whitman, and Hopkins.
Hardcover, 61 pages
Published April 1st 1996 by W. W. Norton & Company
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Matthew Miller
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Shelves: poetry
Simply and casually, we live our lives. Moments slip by without the slightest of thought. But at some point, we cannot escape the power of our memories. And in that reflection, the simplest of our memories, the casual moments of friendship and love often glow with the brightest fondness.

Paul Mariani's The Great Wheel feels like a collection based on a season of reflection. Indeed, Mariani seems to nod to this slowed down time, this taking stock of life and relationships in the title poem:

"For al
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