Gerald Stern (Hardcover)

Early Collected Poems: 1965-1992

By Gerald Stern

W. W. Norton & Company, 9780393076660, 558pp.

Publication Date: July 12, 2010

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Early Collected Poems gathers the poems from the first six books of Gerald Stern's body of work. A master poet, Stern has sought new language for the overlooked, neglected, and unseen facets of human experience. Whether writing about modern poets, Hebrew prophets, death, war, or love, "Stern's literary songs are sharp, surprising, and unerring in their delivery" (Ploughshares, Editor's Choice).

from "The Red Coal"
The coal has taken over, the red coal

is burning between us and we are at its mercy--
as if a power is finally dominating
the two of us; as if we're huddled up

watching the black smoke and the ashes;
as if knowledge is what we needed and now
we have that knowledge. Now we have that knowledge.