All of Us: The Collected Poems by Raymond Carver

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By Raymond Carver

"Carver's poetry is like a virtually invisible strand of fishing line reeling us all jointly, connecting us through the heart." --San Francisco Examiner and Chronicle

This prodigiously wealthy assortment means that Raymond Carver used to be not just America's best author of brief fiction, but additionally one among its such a lot large-hearted and affecting poets. Like Carver's tales, the greater than three hundred poems in we all are marked by way of a willing realization to the actual international; an uncanny skill to compress large feeling into discreet moments; a voice of conversational intimacy, and an unstinting sympathy.

This entire variation brings jointly all of the poems of Carver's 5 past books, from Fires to the posthumously released No Heroics, Please. It additionally includes bibliographical and textual notes on person poems; a chronology of Carver's existence and paintings; and a relocating advent via Carver's widow, the poet Tess Gallagher.

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While my father wrote about social and economic events, my mother has always had a great eye for human interest. We always wonder how she managed to keep her own career going, support my father and his career — which was more than a full-time job — and oversee four children while keeping her own identity. In Cambridge I experienced such loneliness that it was practically a sick17 With Robert Lowell & His Circle ness. One could die of this, I thought. I had never lived in a city before, and this was the first time I had ever lived by myself.

Coming to Boston was uncertain, and a bit gloomy. My mother did not say anything, but I sensed her sympathy. I had not yet met Robert Lowell, and had only an assurance to go on. My mother took me downtown and bought me a proper winter coat. As usual in emotional situations, a paralyzing indecision attacked me, and I couldn’t decide which coat to get. I felt we would never get out of Filene’s department store, as I tried on coat after coat and felt more and more hopeless. My mother managed to find a Viennese pastry shop in Cambridge, The Window Shoppe, and consoled me with sacher torte before she left me and drove home.

You could see it was a real effort! His fingers strayed furtively, longingly, to the thin-leaved pages of a leather-bound anthology of nineteenth-century British poetry, which lay next to him at the head of the table. He had planned the class around the classics he loved. But then, dutiful, he returned to the student poem under discussion. “It lacks music,” Lowell would say, frowning. ” (choosing what the author considered the weakest part of the poem). Eventually the poor mutilated poem would be put aside, and Lowell would turn to the anthology, choosing a “famous” poem that dealt with the same problem as had the student poet, but that solved it successfully.

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