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All of Us: The Collected Poems

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This prodigiously rich collection of poems suggests that Raymond Carver was not only America’s finest writer of short fiction, but also one of its most large-hearted and affecting poets. Like Carver’s stories, the more than 300 poems in All of Us are marked by a keen attention to the physical world; an uncanny ability to compress vast feeling into discreet moments; a voice ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published April 4th 2000 by Vintage (first published December 31st 1996)
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Feb 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes reading an entire collection of poems cover to cover is exhausting and maybe even inadvisable work. In fact, I often read poetry collections on the side as I'm reading fiction (or non-) because it requires such focus.

You know the feeling. Especially with poems that yawn and stretch out over a page or two. You're reading and suddenly you realize your mind has drifted, like a newbie meditation acolyte trying on Buddhism for size. You go back. Remind yourself. Focus on the words! Start o
William Thomas
God damn you, Raymond Carver. You spent time with Haruki Murakami when your books were selling better in Japan than America. Because the Japanese were infatuated by the deep roots of shame in your work, and we were too scared of how it made us feel. You spent time with Bukowski when he had money and threw it around like a man who understood how ephemeral it was. You were the best and no one knew it until you were dead. I love you, Raymond Carver. The same way I love my dad, like a god, untouchab ...more
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
There’s a sense
that I’ve lost—not everything,
not everything, but far too much.
A part of my life forever.
Went on with my life. But
that memory entering like a spike.
The stars
burning holes in the sky. Becoming ash, yes.
But it’s all right, they’re supposed to do that.
Those lights we call stars.
Burn for a time and then die.
Me hell-bent. Wishing
it were tomorrow already.
[…] I was beginning to understand how it’s possible
to be in one place. And someplace else, too.
There was a time
I would’ve died
Oct 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bagni di sole che diventano bagni di luce

Ho letto tutto il libro con spirito da bagnante: godendomi parole e immagini attraverso le ciglia, con occhi semichiusi e beati. Pensavo che il mio ego letterario fosse soddisfatto, ma dopo ho letto la postfazione della moglie di Carver. Ebbene: ho dovuto rileggerlo daccapo con occhi spalancati. Ed è stato uno stillicidio di luce continua. Non so se riesco a orientarmi tra le stelle, ma a forza di fissare tanta luminosità, adesso vedo impresso su ogni cos
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nordamerica, poesia
I suoi racconti non mi avevano convinta, mi erano sembrati troppo "poveri", ma con le sue poesie Carver ce l’ha fatta a conquistarmi.
Chi sa di Poesia forse inorridirà vedendo le mie cinque stelle, ma le assegno piene e convinte. Sicuramente c’è di (molto) meglio in ambito poetico, però qui ho trovato una disarmante spontaneità, freschezza, luminosità e, pur nella loro semplicità, rivelano una sensibilità non comune. Da leggere e rileggere.
Dec 28, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
I know it's hip to hate him and now with the Lish melodrama going on, he's even more tarnished I suppose. But I've always been a big fan of the writing even with its uneven quality. The poems are often despised for their prosoid, talky, confessionalist New Yorker qualities...there are some like that in here but the vast majority strike me as successful transpositions of a particular school of Russian poetry into English. He's very Russian for an American. I think he was trying to write up to Che ...more
Jun 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
pequeños cuentitos en forma de verso
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There's more to Raymond Carver than short fiction.
Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
... and this but a rough record / of the actual and the passing.
Jul 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Your Dog Dies
You Don't Know What Love Is (an evening with Charles Bukowski)
The Mailman as Cancer Patient
The Ashtray
Still Looking Out for Number One
Next Year
Locking Yourself Out, Then Trying to Get Back In
My Boat
Reading Something in the Restaurant
The Author of Her Misfortune
The Possible
An Account

Left off the highway and
down the hill. At the
bottom, hang another left.
Keep bearing left. The road
will make a Y. Left again.
There's a creek on the left.
Keep going. Just before
the road e
These poems are Carver at his most distilled: Carver the drinker, and Carver in recovery. Carver the reader, particularly of Chekhov, the outdoorsman, the worker, the devoted husband, the cigarette-breathed loser who picks up barmaids, the fighter, the big ol' softie, the man who knew Haruki Murakami before anyone else in America, and much more. What he lacks in poetic ability, he makes up for in heart, and while there's not a lot of technical brilliance, there's this sense that these are miniat ...more
A wonderful book of poems!
Apr 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: challenge-2017
"E hai ottenuto quello che
volevi da questa vita, nonostante tutto?
E cos'è che volevi?
Potermi dire amato, sentirmi
amato sulla terra."

Una raccolta di poesie moderne ed originali, sia nella forma (a volte somiglianti alla prosa, a volte libere da figure retoriche e parole auliche) sia nel contenuto o nel modo in cui viene esposto.
I temi sono molteplici: si spazia dall'amore al distacco, dal piacere al disprezzo, dalla leggerezza al rancore; tutto questo per scoprire l'animo di Carver, un autore
May 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I'm not finished with this book yet, but I already know without a doubt that it gets a perfect score. I'm even breaking my rule against rating the book before I finish it, a practice my linear sensibility finds distasteful. I guess it makes sense that it is a book of poetry to pull me away from the careful mental boundaries and boxes I construct for myself.

Here is a taste of Carver's absolute gorgeousness. This poem, included in this volume, has long been a dear favorite of mine-- it is what ind
Nov 26, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
his style is like a softer, more subtle, more long-winded bukowski.

it was ok / decent but i would recommend his short stories over his poems in general and would recommend finding and reading specific poems (online) over reading a super long collection like this. Poems such as: You Don't Know What Love Is (an evening with Charles Bukowski) , Your Dog Dies , Drinking While Driving.
Jordi Via
Sep 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Último fragmento

¿Y conseguiste lo que
querías en esta vida?
Lo conseguí.
¿Y que querías?
Considerarme amado, sentirme
amado sobre la tierra.

Jan 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
Thank you, Mr. Carver.
Jun 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Raymond Carver werd in de jaren '70 en '80 terecht wereldberoemd met zijn korte verhalen, die vol staan met wanhopige morsigheid en het "dirty realism" van in het leven, in de liefde en vaak door de drank op de dool geraakte dwaallichtpersonages. Verhalen bovendien waarin Carver zich de kampioen toonde van het weglaten en het "schrijven is schrappen": kop en staart ontbreken, in een paar ongehoord spaarzame regels wordt alleen een topje van een ijsberg getoond, en toch word je als lezer helemaal ...more
Nov 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
Like many volumes of collected poems, this book was long, and I enjoyed it more and more as I went along. Carver is known for his short stories and is often compared to Chekhov. He favors a strong narrative voice in poetry, too, and lays himself bare on the page. I admire how he accepts responsibility. “This is how it went down, I admit it was my own damn fault” is a recurring theme. He’s matter of fact, never maudlin.

Carver’s early adult life was in a tailspin: a teen marriage, first baby befor
Razieh mehdizadeh
وقتی از عشق حرف می زنیم" پر از سادگی و دقت است. دقت در هر روزه ها و دیده های همیشه.
"شب ها خنک تابستان
پنجره های باز
چراغ های روشن
میوه ها درون کاسه
و سر تو بر شانه ها من
این بهترین لحظه های روز است."
کلاغی پشت پنجره نشست.
کلاغ تدهیوز و پاسترناک نیست.
کلاغ هومر نیست، آغشته به خون پس از نبرد
این تنها یک کلاغ است.
که هرگز هیچ جایی در زندگی نداشت.
کلاغ دمی بر شاخه نشست.
آنگاه به زیبایی به پرواز درآمد. بیرون از زندگی من."
"از طمع بیزارم.
من بیش از این، شاکر بوده ام اما می خواهم صبح علی اطلوع بیدار شوم.
و به پشت
May 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Qualcuno, per favore, spieghi a Carver che una cosa è la poesia, un'altra spezzare i racconti in versi e farli passare per testo non in prosa.

E qualcuno gli dica anche che potrei commuovermi finanche davanti alle sue liste della spesa - in poesia o in prosa che siano, fa lo stesso -, tanto è il mio amore per come racconta e per quello che racconta. C'è un senso di realtà e di tristezza per tutta questa raccolta, fino alle ultime poesie scritte poche settimane prima di morire, che...

(Comunque io
Jul 22, 2012 is currently reading it
I have always admired Carver's stories, even when some of them were unpleasant to read due to the directness with which he made some of what his characters were going through feel so real. Now I find out that he was a poet first, and really last as well. These are good. They read like his stories, though sometimes with a tighter focus on an emotion, or a sense of something. It's nice too that they are all collected in one perfectly printed Vintage Contemporaries paperback--one of my favorite pub ...more
Michael Morris
Jan 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
Raymond Carver is perhaps the most under-appreciated poet of the post-modern world. Known almost exclusively as a short story writer, even the might Norton Anthology does not mention his work as a poet. Carver was as good a poet as he was a fiction writer, and this collection contains pretty much all of his poems.

Spare, stark, and honest, Carver's work perhaps is neglected because it is so accessible. But don't let that fool you. This is art. Great art on supposedly artless subjects, like fishin
Juan Luis
Aug 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Lo tuve en mis manos hace 4 años, creo. Y no me lo llevé. Hoy se ha sentado conmigo en el sillón, y he charlado con Ray como charlan dos colegas. Porque esa es la sensación que transmite.
Apasionante, duro, conmovedor, desequilibrante e histórico. Una técnica compositiva cuidada y mimada al mínimo punto y coma.
Fantástico. Fuerte. Genial.
Jun 26, 2014 rated it it was ok
No one needs this much of Carver's poetry. I do like a few of the poems - Winter Insomnia, The Current, My Crow - but the vast majority of it is lacklustre and repetitious. Idk, lonely alcoholics with failed relationships isn't my thing.
Catherine Auman
Nov 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful... didn't know Carver was such a lover, of life, of love, of everything. Many of these poems will make you stop and savor, enjoying every word and how masterfully he put them together.
Gary McDowell
Jul 11, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: ho-hum
He was a MUCH better story-writer than poet.
Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
My honest rating is probably closer to 4.5 but it's not /quite/ worth rounding up to 5 stars. Carver's poetry is better than I expected, and I expected it to be good.
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May 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A lot of this stuff is just clear optimism. It's pretty easy to see Carver just wanting to write poetry all day and not fiction. Also, I found out while reading this we share a birthday!
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My favorite book of poetry, hands down. SO amazing.
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I love Raymond Carver's simplicity and ease. I'm do not proclaim myself to be a poetry buff, nor do I know much about poetry, but I do like this collection.
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Carver was born into a poverty-stricken family at the tail-end of the Depression. He married at 19, started a series of menial jobs and his own career of 'full-time drinking as a serious pursuit', a career that would eventually kill him. Constantly struggling to support his wife and family, Carver enrolled in a writing programme under author John Gardner in 1958. He saw this opportunity as a turni ...more

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“Woke up this morning with
a terrific urge to lie in bed all day
and read. Fought against it for a minute.

Then looked out the window at the rain.
And gave over. Put myself entirely
in the keep of this rainy morning.

Would I live my life over again?
Make the same unforgivable mistakes?
Yes, given half a chance. Yes.

- Rain
“There is in the soul a desire for not thinking.
For being still. Coupled with this
a desire to be strict, yes, and rigorous.
But the soul is also a smooth son of a bitch,
not always trustworthy. And I forgot that.”
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