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Everything Preserved: Poems 1955-2005

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  29 ratings  ·  8 reviews
The remarkable discovery of Landis Everson, first winner of The Poetry Foundation's Emily Dickinson First Book Award

I stay upright.
Nothing makes me go down dusty roads to change my style.
I don't believe in love anymore, the foghorn
blasted it out of me.
--from "Coronado Poet"

"Why did Landis Everson stop writing poetry for forty-three years?" asks The New York Times in a rec
Paperback, 120 pages
Published September 19th 2006 by Graywolf Press (first published 2006)
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Jeremy Allan
The organization of this book is idiosyncratic, in part thanks to the huge gap of 43 years in which Everson was not an active poet, and in part thanks to the editors who had the vision to still join his early work with recent efforts all in a single volume. You can imagine that a 43 year period of lying fallow would change any poet, and it is true for Everson; there are fairly significant shifts between the early and late poetry. And the volume itself is weighted towards the late, with only 22 o ...more
I think it's safe to say that some of the very best American poetry of the last decade was written by a suicidal octogenarian. Whenever I dip into this book I'm astonished anew. It's almost criminal that "Book of Valentines," the collection he put together after this one, remains unpublished.
Roberto Garcia
It is clear from reading Everson's newer poems that he read and thought heavily about the poetry written today. At times he pokes fun at and questions contemporary poetry. I enjoyed this collection. It's surreal, pragmatic and at times frustrated. A good read.
Kevin Hilke
There is surrealism in the air we breathe. Two
impossibilities, like rocks and branches, fit together
in the same landscape. They can kill you or help you live.
Apr 20, 2008 Satia rated it 2 of 5 stars
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Kyle Fox
Beautiful poetry, but so sad. There is a clear pain in his voice in all that he writes.
Gary McDowell
Should spend more time with this one... this rating is after a quick read.
Jul 29, 2007 Jenni rated it 2 of 5 stars
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“Among the valleys of the distant waves
we will eventually meet. […]
The orange sun will recognize us. It owes us.

It will be the sun from nineteen hundred and forty-forever.
O no cloud in the sky! O ocean full of fish hiding!
The sun seduced us before we could be virgins.”
“I don't believe in love anymore, the foghorn
blasted it out of me.”
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