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Ground Work II: In the Dark
GROUND WORK II: IN THE DARK is the concluding volume of Robert Duncan's later poems. The collection taken as a whole was proposed by the author in 1968 but withheld from publication for fifteen years in order, as he has said, for the poetry of his maturity to gestate.
Paperback, 90 pages
Published February 1st 1988 by New Directions Publishing Corporation
(first published 1988)
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Nostalgia is a very tricky subject, I think. Or maybe it's not so tricky as it is typical for a poet to rely on for its darker tones, and exceptional for a poet to form a tension from the darker tones running up against that feeling of novelty that also accompanies this perspective. And maybe, for Duncan, nothing could be solely dark. He is the dear, ecstatic poet of making. In this book, the poems are about growing old, a sentimental subject. And because it also involves living, Duncan makes it ...more