Early Collected Poems: 1965-1992 (Hardcover)

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“Stern’s unadorned craftsmanship has few rivals in American letters.”—Philadelphia Inquirer

Early Collected Poems gathers the poems from the first six books of Gerald Stern’s body of work. A master poet, Stern has sought new language for the overlooked, neglected, and unseen facets of human experience. Whether writing about modern poets, Hebrew prophets, death, war, or love, “Stern’s literary songs are sharp, surprising, and unerring in their delivery” (Ploughshares, Editor’s Choice).

from “The Red Coal”

   The coal has taken over, the red coal

   is burning between us and we are at its mercy—

   as if a power is finally dominating

   the two of us; as if we’re huddled up

   watching the black smoke and the ashes;

   as if knowledge is what we needed and now

   we have that knowledge. Now we have that knowledge.

About the Author

Gerald Stern is the author of nineteen volumes of poetry. He has been awarded the National Book Award, the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, the National Jewish Book Award, the Wallace Stevens Award, and the Robert Frost Medal, among many other honors. He lives in New York City.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780393076660
ISBN-10: 0393076660
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: July 12th, 2010
Pages: 576
Language: English



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