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Picture Window: Poems

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In this deeply philosophical and highly inventive new collection, John Hollander, the distinguished author of numerous books of poetry, offers profound yet playful meditations on the reflective mind and on the words with which we come to know the world. In forms as varied as sonnets, songs, and ancient odes, he muses over the ways we use (and misuse) language as “we grasp ...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published January 25th 2005 by Knopf (first published 2003)
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Feb 12, 2017 Matthew rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
"Strictly speaking" (he then insisted) "these are not - "
(Whatever they were). But when do we ordinarily speak
Strictly: even, say, "I love you" qualifies itself
Always somehow in quotes, like a hedhed cliché,
And not only cliché when it's intended to be
That overdone vulgar lie: otherwise - when it's uttered
Expressively, in the deep conviction that nobody else
Had ever felt quite this way before, a report sadly shattered
By the dumb old words that everyone - liars and airheads and kids -
Eventually mu
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