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This is Joyce Carol Oates' eighth volume of verse, a selection of 57 poems ranging from the lyric to the narrative to the satiric. Most of them have appeared in magazines and journals including the New Yorker, the Atlantic Monthly and Triquarterly.
Paperback, 104 pages
Published October 1st 2001 by Ontario Review Press (first published 1996)
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Robert Beveridge
Mar 17, 2008 Robert Beveridge rated it it was ok
Joyce Carol Oates, Tenderness (Ontario Review Press, 1996)

While I'm a huge fan of Joyce Carol Oates' prose-- Cybele alone would have me singing her praises as one of America's finest living novelists, the rest is icing-- I've never been all that enamored with her poetry. Tenderness is an improvement over the volumes I've read to date, but honestly, not much of one. Every once in a while, she turns a good phrase or catches a really fine metaphor, but there's still a somewhat distressing lack of s
Pamela Scott
Aug 29, 2015 Pamela Scott rated it it was amazing
Tenderness contains exactly the type of contemporary poems I love – perfect imagery and emotions, each poem vivid, beautiful and hard to get out of your head once read. JCO’s poems are as excellent as her fiction. This collection contains poems I found it easy to get lost in and swept along by. Tenderness is split into sections (Tenderness, Undertow, What Is Most American Is Most In Motion and In The Country Of The Blue so the poems can be devoured into lovely little chunks. I have a few favouri ...more
Jun 23, 2016 Amy rated it liked it
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I enjoyed this collection. It is divided into four sections--my favorites are the first two. They tended to favor the personal. I was not so enamored with the reflections of American culture or her inhabiting vastly different characters. They just did not have the same pull. She has a wonderful and imaginative vocabulary. I enjoyed living in these words.

"You might have drowned. You lived,
and immediately forgot.
What to make of old surprises, old loves,
broken shells between the toes?
These dull
Feb 24, 2011 Antonia rated it liked it
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Pretty prosy -- though not all. I wasn't crazy about most of these poems, though there were moments, phrases that grabbed me. I do appreciate the wealth of contemporary culture, authentic American experience, the recreation of many scenes from my own adolescence that were interesting, if a little painful, to revisit. . . . "what we haven't known we've lost."

Love this: "for beyond death there is traffic." (from "Old Concord Cemetary"

I particularly liked the poems "$," "Orion," and "Recollection,
Isaac Timm
Aug 15, 2011 Isaac Timm rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry, 2011
The first three poems were great. This collection really brought me out of a funk. Her narrative poems are amazing. "Sexy" and "Tenderness" were my favorites.
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Joyce Carol Oates is a recipient of the National Book Award and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction. She is also the recipient of the 2005 Prix Femina for The Falls. She is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University, and she has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1978. Pseudonyms ... Rosamond Smith and Laure ...more
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