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James Merrill himself once called his body of work “chronicles of love and loss,” and in twenty books written over four decades he used the details of his own life—comic and haunting, exotic and domestic—to shape a portrait that in turn mirrored the image of our world and our moment. This volume rings together the best of Merrill—from the domestic rupture of “The Broken Ho ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 28th 2008 by Knopf
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I have a litany of complaints, but I'll attempt brevity.

Let's see: Well, James deploys "lyre" in a poem somberly. That particular poem was released in 1959, the same year Castro arrived in Havana.

Good god.

Elsewhere, he writes of the four great elements with the subtlety of a pornographer directing a pizza delivery. We are given our great floods, our fires, our women that are "wide open, and sunny." A boring concupiscence for the "wild" and "human" (each tamed here completely in form); Whitman
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James Ingram Merrill was born on March 3, 1926, and died on February 6, 1995. From the mid-1950s on, he lived in Stonington, Connecticut, and for extended periods he also had houses in Athens and Key West. From The Black Swan (1946) through A Scattering of Salts (1995), he wrote twelve books of poems, ten of them published in trade editions, as well as The Changing Light at Sandover (1982). He als ...more
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Collected Poems The Changing Light at Sandover Selected Poems, 1946-1985 A Scattering of Salts A Different Person: A Memoir

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