What Goes on

Selected & New Poems: 1995-2009

By Stephen Dunn
(W. W. Norton & Company, Hardcover, 9780393067750, 203pp.)

Publication Date: January 2009

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Spring 2009 Poetry List
“This is a perfect introduction to Pulitzer Prize winner Dunn, as the many dog-eared pages of my volume will attest. Dunn addresses issues large and small, though mostly large: love; death; divinity; morality; responsibility. Words are perfectly chosen, and so many poems deserve to be read out loud, and often. From What Men Want, Dunn concludes 'I've always needed paper and pencil/in order to speak as little as I should./After the power to choose/a man wants the power to erase.'”
-- Leslie, Inkwood Books, Tampa, FL


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"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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