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Begin Again: Collected Poems
by Grace Paley
A longtime teacher, activist, feminist, and masterful writer of short fiction and essays, Paley is also an accomplished poet. Combining her two previous collections with unpublished work, Begin Again traces the career of a direct, attentive, and always unpredictable poet. Whether describing the vicissitudes of life in New York City or the hard beauty of rural Vermont, whet ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published March 14th 2001 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
(first published January 1st 1997)
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Dec 29, 2007 nicole rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERYONE - especially new yorkers
The late Grace Paley was an incredibly gifted poet. She had the kind of voice that comes along only every once in a while. With a deep social conscience, Paley crafted poems that speak to people about events, places, and ideas that people speak of. She does not grope listlessly into an ethereal space where many poets tend to go--she addresses the tough issues of her time (war, that's a big one) and inquires into them, asking the questions we all ask. She is not just the voice of a generation, sh ...more
4.5 stars. Enjoyed the situatedness of these poems, the way they grow out of Paley's environment. Simple, vital language. Social consciousness that produces something more enduring than time-bound protest pieces (most of the time, anyway). Echoes of song patterns. Love of the body, nature, and humanity. Unsentimental family stories, rich in grief and humor.
Wonderful book of poetry! I found myself dog- earing my favorites and by the time I finished the book was in quite a state! Paley blends humor with heart-wrenching honesty in an elegant simplicity that makes her poems both accessible and beautiful.
Grace Paley was an American short story writer, poet, and political activist whose work won a number of awards.More about Grace Paley...