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What Goes On: Selected and New Poems, 1995-2009

What Goes On Selected and New Poems Good poems are triumphs over the unlikely Stephen Dunn says They make us pay attention in new ways In his second new and selected collection Dunn subtly enlarges our sense of possibility His new poe

  • Title: What Goes On: Selected and New Poems, 1995-2009
  • Author: Stephen Dunn
  • ISBN: 9780393067750
  • Page: 194
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Good poems are triumphs over the unlikely, Stephen Dunn says They make us pay attention in new ways In his second new and selected collection, Dunn subtly enlarges our sense of possibility His new poems, suffused with affection and rue for our world, occasionally address the metaphysical, as in these lines from Talk to God Ease into your misgivingsAsk him if in his Good poems are triumphs over the unlikely, Stephen Dunn says They make us pay attention in new ways In his second new and selected collection, Dunn subtly enlarges our sense of possibility His new poems, suffused with affection and rue for our world, occasionally address the metaphysical, as in these lines from Talk to God Ease into your misgivingsAsk him if in his weaknesshe was ever responsiblefor a pettiness some weather, say,brought in to show who s bosswhen no one seemed sufficiently movedby a sunset or the shape of an egg.Ask him if when he gave us desirehe had underestimated its power.

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    About "Stephen Dunn"

    1. Stephen Dunn

      Stephen Dunn was born in New York City in 1939 He earned a B.A in history and English from Hofstra University, attended the New School Writing Workshops, and finished his M.A in creative writing at Syracuse University Dunn has worked as a professional basketball player, an advertising copywriter, and an editor, as well as a professor of creative writing.Dunn s books of poetry include Everything Else in the World W W Norton, 2006 Local Visitations 2003 Different Hours 2000 , winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize winner for poetry Loosestrife 1996 New and Selected Poems 1974 1994 1994 Landscape at the End of the Century 1991 Between Angels 1989 Local Time 1986 , winner of the National Poetry Series Not Dancing 1984 Work Love 1981 A Circus of Needs 1978 Full of Lust and Good Usage 1976 and Looking For Holes In the Ceiling 1974 He is also the author of Walking Light Memoirs and Essays on Poetry BOA Editions, 2001 , and Riffs Reciprocities Prose Pairs 1998.Dunn s other honors include the Academy Award for Literature, the James Wright Prize, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts He has taught poetry and creative writing and held residencies at Wartburg College, Wichita State University, Columbia University, University of Washington, Syracuse University, Southwest Minnesota State College, Princeton University, and University of Michigan Dunn is currently Richard Stockton College of New Jersey Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing and lives in Port Republic, New Jersey.

    894 Comments

    1. I love it when a poet can tell a story. He had me from the first poem, "Tucson," from the opening lines:A man was dancing with the wrong womanin the wrong bar, the wrong part of town the middle lines:I'd forgottenhow fragile the face is, how fists tooare just so many small bones the close:My friend said nothing's wrong, stay put,it's a good fighting bar, you won't get hurtunless you need to get hurt.Another poem has a dead-on analysis is the Olympic skaters Tonya and Nancy:One woman has nothing [...]


    2. I got to page 132 of 195 but I just couldn't play along anymore. ".a succubus bitten moon followed me home last night." no, I don't think so. Goodbye


    3. I thought each poem was to the point and without frills or unnecessary embellishments. The stories told through poetry were vivid and memorable. I was impressed with how the author could shoot me with an emotion in only a few words. The words for each poem seemed carefully chosen. I enjoyed reading this book as I'm sure I'll come back to it again.


    4. Too self referential, allusions here and thereno real great breakthroughs, metaphors or revelations, someone hand Mr. Dunn a shovel


    5. Stephen Dunn is one of our best contemporary poets. His poems are accessible not obscure, and well-crafted.


    6. Stephen Dunn is quite the poet. I enjoyed his more narrative style, which is right up my alley and writing style when tackling poetry. I enjoyed reading this collection that spanned nearly fifteen years of his work. He is not the kind of poet to play around too much with the form or structure of his poems, but you can see an unmistakable growth in his poetry even later in his career. The one exception concerning the structure is with one particular book of poems, Riffs and Reciprocities, where a [...]


    7. This book came my way, and I read it, realizing I had not read a complete book of Dunn's poems, though I'd enjoyed individual poems in journals and anthologies over the years. This, as a "selected and new," was a great way to watch the arc of his life and art and get a sense of his obsessions and changes over time.While I generally prefer lyric poems, and there are plenty of those here, it was fun to take the little trip in prose poems in Riffs & Reciprocities, showing that poems can be mini [...]


    8. This book of selected poems means more to me than any other. I've read and reread every poem in this book numerous times and they keep revealing their wisdom. For the record I'm not a poet (though I do write fiction). I come to poetry not for insular words games or for the stringing together of vague but evocative phrases. That's relatively easy to do. What's hard is to craft a poem of genuine and original insight and to do it with real clarity. More than any other contemporary poet, Stephen Dun [...]


    9. Cheeky. The beauty builds over the years of his work, drawing away from his tendency toward the simplistic and jokey. I did, naturally, love all of the dogs who trotted in and out of the poems. And he is a calm atheist, a readable atheist. I liked his work overall, but I’m not sure it’s the sort of the thing that I’d be inclined to revisit.Favorite poems:“Ars Poetica”“The Living”“John & Mary”“The Reverse Side”“Knowledge”“The Unsaid”


    10. I asked for this collection of poems for Christmas after I read "The Imagined" in The New Yorker a while back. A recurring theme is definitely passive dissatisfaction with one's life, but Dunn manages not to be depressing. He's great at describing that feeling of having your mind somewhere else other than where you are. It made me wonder why I don't spend more time reading poetry.


    11. "And I, in my chosen, happy torment of words, spend days cutting, stitching, rearranging, trying to do what it takes to be properly heard. Other days I speak about books I love. I feel like an escapee, one big step ahead of my past."


    12. This collection from Dunn's latest five books plus some newer poems contains many wise and persuasive works by the Pulitzer Prize winning author. Dunn is never gaudy or image driven, much of his work is reflective, but always astutely observant.


    13. There are poems here that really stick in my mind. Not too experimental, and there are backbones of stories and relationships in many. Perhaps it helps that he is my age, and the references to what's going on in the world are clear enough, as well as the hard won lessons of life and love.


    14. Hmmm, I just commented on this book and don't see it. So, again, I like his poetry. It is understandable without being shallow or egotistical. He knows his craft and uses it to good effect. Many times I underlined a fresh turn of phrase or image.


    15. This was my first time reading Dunn after hearing several friends praise him. I now understand why. He is instantly one of my favorites. Incredible depth of thought in describing the mundane. Plain language that moves and at times shocks with the simplistic beauty.


    16. BUY IT! READ IT! READ IT AGAIN!As many followers know, Dunn is aging and is not in the best of health, but his work continues to astound and amaze.



    17. Stephen Dunn may be my favorite poet and this so one of his nicest collections. Not as indispensable as his "new and selected" but slimmer and equally as awe filled.


    18. This was one of the 2010 RUSA Notable Books winners. For the complete list, go to ala/ala/mgrps/divs/rus


    19. Stephen Dunn can write about average, commonplace things in new ways, in sensuous ways, in emotional ways, like no other poet I've read.



    20. Just about every poem I read by Stephen Dunn stalks my thoughts for a little while - most recently its "Sleeping with Others."



    21. humble and sweet, personal and some great imagery.but i just keep coming back to so much humility about life and himself despite being a wordmaster.



    22. Dunn is eloquent and elegant, without ever overdoing it. Though I'd read a number of the poems in previously published books it was nice to see them fit together with new pieces.


    23. This is now one of my absolute favorite books of poetry. This is a special book for me because it was an unexpected gift, and I got to hear the author speak and have him sign it.


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