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New and Selected Poems 1974-2004

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  47 ratings  ·  5 reviews
The New York Times has called Carl Dennis’s poetry “wise, original, and deeply moving.” A poet with a growing audience of admirers, Dennis writes in a clear, classically simple language that is both personal and universal. Making use of a rich variety of genres—advice, meditation, elegy, and prophecy—his poems take unexpected turns as they explore their subjects, catching ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published March 30th 2004 by Penguin Books
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Oct 15, 2014 Richard rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: someone who likes accessible, undemanding verse.
Recommended to Richard by: intention of hearing the author read
I went through this volume with the intention of hearing Mr Dennis read, but I found the poems too loose, prosy I'd say. As I try to reach back, I cannot say that I have a clear recognition of any poem, nor can I say that the brief narratives he developed struck me or stuck with me.

With new volumes out by Gluck and Merwin, this collection really doesn't compete.
I liked these poems. They are very plainspoken and straightforward. His literary illusions are right on - and interesting. For a collection across the years I find it a very even collection. It is one of the stronger collections from beginning to end that I have come across. He has an incredible sense of detail - that while this is common in all good poets - he employs it more wisely than most.
One of three collections that Steve Orlen made me read in my first U of A semester. I appreciated the gesture, but felt the same about all three: very solid, well crafted poems that didn't excite me much.
Wonderful poems about the most obscure of subjects and the most common.
Took a long time to read because it was absolutely impossible to rush.
Philip Nix
A source of daily wisdom and poetic pleasure
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