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Groom Falconer

4.46  ·  Rating Details  ·  52 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Paperback, 1 page
Published May 1st 1990 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published 1989)
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Patricia Murphy
Jul 10, 2012 Patricia Murphy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
Today I needed to write a poem. I also needed some inspiration. So I dipped into this book again, which I like to do a lot. It worked. Here are some of my favorite places in the book:

" The bird climbed, climbed
Slowly then dissolved

Like smoke from some lonley howitzer
Blossoming out over the bubbling bone pits of lye, over
The large sunken eyes of horticulture."

"Speed and sleep have overlapped. My body,

Sack for eternity."

"Grandmother whispered, 'This is a bad sign
in any religion.'"

"By sunrise we h
Gregory Donovan
Feb 22, 2012 Gregory Donovan rated it it was amazing
Norman Dubie's Groom Falconer is one of the few poetry collections I read over and over--it is a kind of perfection. It has been a tremendous influence on my own writing, and I frequently give the book to my own students for the benefit of their writing as well. Along with the entire trilogy that includes Springhouse and Radio Sky, this collection is one of the most important books ever written by an American poet.
Nov 27, 2008 Justin rated it it was amazing
Dubie is one of my top 5 favorite contemporary poets, maybe poets of all time. He has a unique gift for lyric narrative, he always seems to speak from deep within his subject. And unlike 95% of the poetry I read, Dubie's poetry actually teaches me things beyond the poet himself -- things about the world, history, etc. Great line breaks too.
Oct 10, 2015 Tana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dubie's work haunts. He begins the poem entitled Ars Poetica, with the line, "It was polio season," and brings the reader to the finish with the line: "Twice is too often/ Considering how beautiful she was."
Jun 07, 2013 Tom rated it liked it
Some excellent dramatic monologues. Rich poems that you can get something new out of with each reading. I also enjoy the way he uses history as a subject.
Apr 16, 2008 Sassy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loved-it
This is probably my favorite collection of poetry. Dubie is masterful.
May 21, 2011 Allyson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
This might be my favorite Norman Dubie book. Every. Poem. Is. Stunning.
Dec 05, 2007 Jennifer added it
Shelves: own, poetry
one of my all-time favorite poems "Groom Falconer" is in this book
Nov 05, 2010 Rachel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
Dang, Norman. Just...*dang.*
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Norman Dubie is the author of over eighteen books, often assuming historical personae in his works. A recipient of numerous fellowships and awards (including the NEA, Guggenheim, and the Ingram Merrill Foundation), Dubie is a graduate of the Iowa Writer's Workshop. He teaches in the graduate Creative Writing Program at Arizona State University, in Tempe, AZ, where he is Regents Professor of Englis ...more
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