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Stevens: Poems

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These Everyman's Library Pocket Poets hardcover editions are popular for their compact size and reasonable price which do not compromise content. Poems: Stevens contains a selection, chosen by Helen Vendler, of over sixty of Stevens's poems, revealing with renewed force his status as our supreme acrobat of the imagination.
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published November 2nd 1993 by Everyman's Library (first published 1947)
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Feb 08, 2017 Matthew rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
One must have a mind of winter
To regard the frost and the boughs
Of the pine-trees crusted with snow;

And have been cold a long time
To behold the juniper shagged with ice,
The spruces rough in the distant glitter

Of the January sun; and not to think
Of any misery in the sound of the wind,
In the sound of a few leaves,

Which is the sound of the land
Full of the same wind
That is blowing in the same bare place

For the listener, who listens in the snow,
And, nothing himself, beholds
Nothing that is not there a
Aug 26, 2010 Steve rated it liked it
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There are some stunning poems here (Domination in Black, Man with the Blue Guitar, Idea of Order at Key West, Emperor of Ice Cream, etc.), but there are others that are so dense (for example, the incredibly self indulgent Comedian as the Letter C -- 16 image and language choked pages!) as to be virtually impenetrable. Stevens is great in small doses, but in a collection you just get all clogged up with the genius (or bullshit) of the man. After reading some of these, I found myself glad that Hem ...more
Jan 15, 2014 James rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
The House Was Quiet And The World Was Calm

The house was quiet and the world was calm.
The reader became the book; and summer night

Was like the conscious being of the book.
The house was quiet and the world was calm.

The words were spoken as if there was no book,
Except that the reader leaned above the page,

Wanted to lean, wanted much to be
The scholar to whom his book is true, to whom

The summer night is like a perfection of thought.
The house was quiet because it had to be.

The quiet was part of the m
Oct 29, 2007 Jim rated it it was amazing
If I were to focus my energies on poetry, I would be an acolyte of Wallace Stevens. This collection strikes me as a solid introduction to his works, and best of all, it fits in one's back pocket (at least, my back pocket), perfect for glances and study while riding MUNI. More complete collections exist, obviously, but this grouping seems to ride the center line of his famous and "accessible" works (is anything Stevens wrote easily accessible?) and his more peripheral experiments.
Feb 10, 2012 Sam rated it it was amazing
You could found a religion on this man's poetry, and we probably should. I'll get right to it.
Nov 13, 2011 Cameron rated it liked it
A disorienting collection of Stevens poems from the endlessly disappointing Everyman Library Pocket series.
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Stevens is a rare example of a poet whose main output came at a fairly advanced age. His first major publication (four poems from a sequence entitled "Phases" in the November 1914 edition of Poetry Magazine) was written at the age of thirty-five, although as an undergraduate at Harvard, Stevens had written poetry and exchanged sonnets with George Santayana, with whom he was close through much of h ...more
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