Lines of Defense

By Stephen Dunn
(W. W. Norton & Company, Hardcover, 9780393240818, 95pp.)

Publication Date: January 2014

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback

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In his seventeenth collection of poetry, Pulitzer Prize winner Stephen Dunn confronts the lines we fight against and the ones we draw for ourselves. Lines of Defense poignantly captures the absurdities of modern life, expectations derailed, the lived life juxtaposed to the imagined life, and the defenses we don to make do. The poems in Lines of Defense are wry and elegiac, precisely observed and wide-reaching. As with the best of Dunn s work, they take stock of the quotidian aspects of life, of the essential comedy of getting through the day: finding a lost cat; not being invited to a party; taking a granddaughter to a carnival. The lines of defense are the lines of the verse itself, as poetry forms a stronghold against mortality. This essential volume showcases a poet writing at the height of his powers.

From Before We Leave:

Where are we going? It s not an issue of here or there. And if you ever feel you can t take another step, imagine how you might feel to arrive, if not wiser, a little more aware how to inhabit the middle ground between misery and joy."




NPR
Sunday, Jan 19, 2014

Stephen Dunn's 17th collection of poetry, Lines of Defense, includes several works meditating on the death of his brother. Dunn, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, often features everyday details in his work � because, as he tells NPR's Rachel Martin, "we live with the little things much more than the large things." More at NPR.org

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