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Selected Poems, 1969-1981 (Pitt Poetry Series)

Richard Shelton


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Shelton assembles the best of his previous work together with a selection of new poems.

Praise For Selected Poems, 1969-1981 (Pitt Poetry Series)

"This generous selection from six previous books, with several uncollected poems, shows the consistency of [Shelton's] career and displays a pictorial gift that is truly remarkable: flowing through line after line, seemingly inexhaustible streams of images build an intelligible surrealistic vision, evoking emotional states with great subtlety."


"Shelton's book displays some of the best surrealistic American poetry today, and a steady pattern of growth. . . . Much of the recent work is enormously powerful."

—Library Journal

"Shelton's work has enormous variety, both stylistically and thematically. . . . Shelton writes about love and its loss, the death of his father, the scars of a son who never had his father's love. He writes with a singular love, awe and terror of life which lends these poems a haunted beauty."

—Publishers Weekly

University of Pittsburgh Press, 9780822953432, 240pp.

Publication Date: October 26, 1982

About the Author

Richard Shelton is Regents Professor of English at the University of Arizona. He is the author of ten books of poetry and six chapbooks. Shelton is the recipient of numerous awards, including the United States Award from the International Poetry Forum and two NEA Fellowships.