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Galaxy Love: Poems

3.52  ·  Rating details ·  23 ratings  ·  5 reviews
The poems in this new volume by the winner of the National Book Award span countries and centuries, reflecting on memory, aging, history, and mortality. “Hamlet Naked” traverses Manhattan in the 1960s from a Shakespeare play on 47th Street to the cellar of a Ukrainian restaurant in the East Village; “Thieves and Murderers” encompasses musings of the medieval French poet Fr ...more
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published April 4th 2017 by W. W. Norton Company
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Brendan
Dec 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: more-poetry
A lot of poems that seem kind of pointless. He likes run-on sentences a bit more than I do. A lot of references to people by first name only so I often had no idea to whom he was referring. I got the impression that he has talent, but his nostalgia got the better of his creativity in this collection.

Favorites:
"Bolingen Ezra Pound, 1949"
"KGB, the Reading" - bar in New York City

I was ironic then as I am now
but my head was too far down as if I were looking
for nickels, t/>
I
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Fred Daly
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Gerald Stern is in his 90's; these poems look back on his life. He captures the way our memories pile on top of each other by sliding from topic to topic. His poems demand and reward your attention.
Michelle
Oct 09, 2017 rated it liked it
A few poems stood out. Most didn't, but they weren't bad.
Don Wentworth
Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Simply put - his best poetry collection in years. Don't miss it.
Daniel Casey
Mar 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: poetry
stunningly banal
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Gerald Stern, the author of seventeen poetry collections, has won the National Book Award, the National Jewish Book Award, the Ruth Lilly Prize, and the Wallace Stevens Award, among others. He lives in Lambertville, New Jersey.