Collected Poems

by Jack Gilbert

Collected Poems

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The Pulitzer Prize-nominated author of Monolithos presents a complete collection of his poetry as written over the course of more than 50 years including the periods when he withdrew from the literary world to establish his signature fierce and declarative style, in a volume that also features several previously unpublished works.

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Not Your Parents' Poems: A 2012 Poetry Preview

Gilbert has always published slowly — about a book a decade — but this retrospective is hefty, containing all of his books to date, plus some new poems. Gilbert writes with worldliness and authority, his poetic speaker seems to have been everywhere, done everything, had everything, lost everything and returned, wounded and enlarged. He takes in a panoramic view in every line, so we believe he knows precisely what he's talking about when he says things like: "Desire perishes / because it

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