What Goes on (Paperback)

Selected & New Poems 1995-2009

By Stephen Dunn

W. W. Norton & Company, 9780393338553, 203pp.

Publication Date: July 5, 2010

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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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What Goes On displays the evolving style and sensibility of a major award-winning poet, and a traceable growth that has blossomed into a provocative confrontation with questions of consciousness and existence. Stephen Dunn's poems probe life's big questions without ever losing sight of the significance of the mundane.