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Toward the Distant Islands: New and Selected Poems

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“Carruth [is] one of the lasting literary signatures of our time.”—Library Journal (starred review)

“Carruth...contains multitudes.”—Booklist (starred review)

“Carruth is a people’s poet... a virtuoso of form.”—The Nation

This “portable Carruth” gathers new poems with the essential works from a major American poet. Included are lyrics, short narratives, comic, meditative, and
Paperback, 150 pages
Published April 1st 2006 by Copper Canyon Press
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Oct 28, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommended to Les by: dorks sent it to me, but who?
From The Clay Hill Anthology
Selected Haiku

Why speak of the use
of poetry? Poetry
is what uses us.

From Scrambled Eggs & Whiskey


For years it was in sex and I thought
this was the most of it
so brief
a moment
or two of transport out of oneself
in music which lasted longer and filled me
with the exquisite wrenching agony
of the blues
and it is equally
transitory and obscure as I sit in my broken
chair that cats have shredded
by the stove on a winter night with wind and snow
howling outside
Personal stuff, so you get to know Hayden quite well -- married to a woman a generation younger, lost his daughter to cancer, anti-war in every way, New England Yankee writer/poet. Some of the poem read too conversational. Liked it best when he turned his gaze away from the diary and out to nature. Best was one about loons -- difficult to capture in a poem. But he comes close. Very, in fact!
Oct 28, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Over many years of reading poetry, I've come to trust that any poetry book published by Copper Canyon Press is going to be an adventure. This collection , hand-picked by Press founder, Sam Hill, is no exception. I'd read enough of Hayden Carruth's work that I expected to be impressed, and I was.

The poems are selected from 12 previous collections (oh, if all of us poets could boast of so many published books!) with an addition of new poems at finish to keep the appetite whetted for more yet to c
Nov 14, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry, 2008
I had no idea how many naturey poems Carruth had written. I liked his later stuff better.

RIP Hayden Carruth :(

On Being Asked To Write A Poem Against The War In Vietnam
Hayden Carruth

Well I have and in fact
more than one and I'll
tell you this too

I wrote one against
Algeria that nightmare
and another against

Korea and another
against the one
I was in

and I don't remember
how many against
the three

when I was a boy
Abyssinia Spain and
Harlan County

and not one
breath was restored
to one

shattered throat
mans womans
Nov 05, 2007 marked it as to-read
Hope to find this one thru the library. I already own a previous collection and I'm afraid there will be too many duplicates in this one. That said, I love the work of HC, exploring the deep undercurrents of life and aging.
Jan 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing
this is a real treasurer to have for carrying around in a back pack or on the road. A wonderful choice of some of Carruth's best shorter works. A must have for Carruth fans.
Sep 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Not always my cup of tea, but I have to admire his strength of style and amazing work.
Jun 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes poetry or would like to try reading poetry for the first time.
Most recent book of poetry from Hayden Carruth published in 2006. Hayden is wonderful to read.
Sep 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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I came to Carruth through Samuel Green (WA poet laureate). Wonderful, marvellous stuff. Beautiful connection to nature, the farming life and New England.
Nov 16, 2008 rated it really liked it
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A very good introduction to his poetry
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Great Collection of the poems of Hayden Carruth over his lifetime. I have become a fan for sure.
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Hayden Carruth (August 3, 1921 – September 29, 2008) was an American poet and literary critic. The novelist of the same name (1862-1932) was his grandfather. He taught at Syracuse University.

Hayden Carruth grew up in Woodbury, Connecticut, and was educated at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and at the University of Chicago. He lived in Johnson, Vermont for many years. Carruth taugh
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“Why speak of the use
of poetry? Poetry
is what uses us.”
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