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Collected Poems by Jack Gilbert
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Dec 24, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: 5-star-wonders, to-read-again-soon-before-dying

Jack Gilbert is dead. Story from Slate can be read here:

Enough good cannot be said of the great poet, Jack Gilbert. I am glad he has a "Collected" body of work out now. It is fitting for such a talented and steadfast man as he. It is my sincere hope that he can win with this book a Pulitzer Prize, that is, if they still give those prizes out for excellence and long-accomplishment. Wallace Stevens comes to mind.
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Reading Progress

December 24, 2011 – Shelved
March 16, 2012 – Started Reading
March 28, 2012 – Finished Reading
March 30, 2012 – Shelved as: 5-star-wonders
May 5, 2012 – Shelved as: to-read-again-soon-before-dying

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message 1: by Tom (new) - added it

Tom Wallace Stevens? Not even close. Compare and contrast: "My life is pleasant, as usual. My body is a blessing/ and my spirit clear. But the waiting does not let up." And (selected almost at random) "But what are radiant reason and radiant will/ To warblings early in the hilarious trees/ Of summer, the drunken mother?" Who uses I? asks the Poet. Not I.

message 2: by M. (new) - rated it 5 stars

M. Sarki Tom,
My comment was directly pointed at the prize committee finally deciding Stevens at the ripe old age of seventy-five deserved a Pulitzer Prize. I am wishing the same respect for Jack Gilbert as there is nobody, n-o-b-o-d-y, even close to him today. In no way was I comparing their poems. Wallace Stevens is GOD.

message 3: by Tom (new) - added it

Tom I misunderstood. Stevens overlooked for the Nobel too. I don't think the Swedes read English well, their choices for Nobels in the language are often so odd. I don't know Gilbert. I've ordered this book.

message 4: by tia (new) - added it

tia Love this review and just ordered Gilbert's Great Fires. :)

message 5: by M. (new) - rated it 5 stars

M. Sarki Tia wrote: "Love this review and just ordered Gilbert's Great Fires. :)"

Thanks. You will enjoy The Great Fires, I am sure.

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