Walking Backwards - Poems 1966-2016

Author(s): John Koethe


. . . There's somethingComforting about rituals renewed, even adolescents' pipe dreams:They'll find out soon enough, and meanwhile find their placesIn the eternal scenery, less auguries or cautionary talesThan parts of an unchanging whole, as ripe for contemplationAs a planisphere or the clouds: the vexed destinies, the shared life,The sempiternal spectacle of someone preaching to the choirWhile walking backwards in the moment on a warm spring afternoon.John Koethe's poems--always dynamic and in process, never static or complete--luxuriate in the questions that punctuate the most humdrum of routines, rendering a robust portrait of an individual: complicated, quotidian, and resounding with truth. Gathering for the first time his impressive and award-winning body of work, published between 1966 and 2016, Walking Backwards introduces this gifted poet to a new, wider readership.


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  • : 9780374285791
  • : Farrar, Straus & Giroux
  • : Farrar, Straus & Giroux
  • : 0.676
  • : November 2018
  • : 3.4 Centimeters X 16.3 Centimeters X 23.5 Centimeters
  • : books

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  • : John Koethe
  • : Hardback
  • : English
  • : 432