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The Last Love Poem I Will Ever Write: Poems

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In this moving, playful, and deeply philosophical volume, Gregory Orr seeks innovative ways for the imagination to respond to and create meaning out of painful experiences, while at the same time rejoicing in love and language. A passionate exploration of the forces that shape us, The Last Love Poem I Will Ever Write explores themes of survival and the powerlessness of the ...more
Hardcover, 112 pages
Published June 18th 2019 by W. W. Norton Company
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John
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Gregory Orr remains a lyric poet of measured syntax and the deepest rooted imagery (as the poet Stanley Kunitz once wrote about Orr). There is clarity and precision in the use of words in his poems. Words are not wasted. Care is taken. They tell.

I think this is Orr’s strongest work since The Red House and City of Salt. I found the title of this book sadly evocative, but the poem itself with that title is pretty good, along with several poems in tribute to other poets.

By some accounts, Orr does
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Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Vindicating the Seventies period style, Orr's dimeter pursues idiomatic speed and gem-like slowness. It's a trope for the transcendent obsolescence of the damned, whose inspirational verse comes from an "Ode to Nothing": "Nothing stands between | The abyss and you. | Nothing keeps you | From falling off | The edge. |Nothing | Is that important."
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Jun 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
A wonderful collection -- my favorite of his is still Concerning the Book that is the Body of the Beloved, but this was solid and filled with some real gems!
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Gregory Orr was born in Albany, New York in 1947, and grew up in the rural Hudson Valley. He received a BA degree from Antioch College in 1969 and an MFA from Columbia University in 1972.

He is the author of more than ten collections of poetry, including River Inside the River: Poems (W. W. Norton, 2013); How Beautiful the Beloved (Copper Canyon Press, 2009); Concerning the Book that is the Body of
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