New and Selected Poems

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New and Selected Poems

By David Lehman

Scribner Book Company, Paperback, 9781476731872, 320pp.

Publication Date: November 5, 2013

Description
A major collection of poems from one of our most accomplished poets, the prominent man of letters behind "The Best American Poetry" series.
Drawing from a wealth of material produced over the course of more than forty years, David Lehman's "New and Selected Poems" displays the remarkable range of his poetic genius. A gathering of stunning new poems, prose poems, and translations from modern French masters ushers in the book. Selections from each of Lehman's seven full-length books of poetry follow and are capped off by a coda of important early and previously uncollected works. Lehman writes poems that captivate as they stimulate thought, poems that capture the romance, irony, and pathos of love, and poems that are lyrical and lovely in unexpected, sometimes even comic ways. This is David Lehman at his best.


Praise For New and Selected Poems

“Very few writers can actually shape how you see the world. David Lehman is such a writer.”
-Robert Olen Butler

“Inventive and often winningly sincere…Lehman is candid as well as ironic—sometimes, both at once. He generates a maniacal, irreverent, fast-thinking range of references to movies, poems, history.”
-Robert Pinsky

“Lehman uses many conveyances—including the prose poem, the sestina, and curt rhymes—to travel across the writing life of a poet whose instinctive romanticism is always bracing and tough-minded, brimming with a rare generosity.”
-Ken Tucker