What Goes on

What Goes on Cover

What Goes on

Selected & New Poems: 1995-2009

By Stephen Dunn

W. W. Norton & Company, Hardcover, 9780393067750, 203pp.

Publication Date: January 5, 2009

Description

"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.



About the Author
Stephen Dunn is the author of seventeen poetry collections, including What Goes On: New and Selected Poems 1995 2009 and, most recently, Here and Now. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his collection Different Hours. He has also been a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and has received an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. A Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Richard Stockton College, he lives in Frostburg, Maryland, with his wife, the writer Barbara Hurd.