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The Works: Poems Selected from Five Decades

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Eighty-one poems spanning the career of the late George Starbuck, widely praised luminary of modern American verse.


Starbuck was known in his lifetime and is remembered today as a practitioner of verse remarkable for its pathos, intelligence, and wit. A master of American vernacular, sensitive to the rhythms of everyday speech, Starbuck was also a brilliant lyricist, at onc
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Hardcover, 216 pages
Published October 15th 2003 by University Alabama Press (first published 2003)
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Sarah
Sep 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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"The Works" didn't resound with me quite the way "Bone Thoughts" had. I imagine this is because there's more material in this book, which spans more of his career and so is more evened out. The lyricism is lovely in some of the poems, and the imaginative inventiveness was often found in my favorite works of this collection. To rhyme "uses" and "amaryllis" or "eyeballs" and "Bibles" is just wonderful. I didn't care as much for the SLABs, or the poetry as images, although I can appreciate the amou ...more
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Sep 27, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Wow. Starbuck really did just drop off the face of the planet, nobody else here really? Can't figure that out.
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from wikipedia: George Edwin Starbuck was an American poet of the neo-formalist school.

Starbuck's work is marked by clever rhymes, witty asides, and the fusing of Romantic themes with cynicism about modern life. For example, his book Bone Thoughts was published with half its pages blank, and he called his style of formalism "SLABS" (Standard Length And Breadth Sonnets. He was not widely appreciate
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