Selected Poems

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  • Paperback $19.95

    Feb 08, 2011 | 256 Pages

  • Hardcover $30.00

    Aug 25, 2009 | 352 Pages

  • Ebook $13.99

    Feb 08, 2011 | 256 Pages


“Far more than Eliot or Pound, Stevens wished passionately to be above all a poet of twentieth-century America and its American English; and he had the luck, as they did not, to write with increasing genius to the end of his life.” —Helen Vendler, The New York Times Book Review

Table Of Contents


From Harmonium (1923, 1931)
Earthy Anecdote
The Paltry Nude Starts on a Spring Voyage
The Plot Against the Giant
Domination of Black
The Snow Man
Le Monocle De Mon Oncle
Nuances of a Theme by Williams
Ploughing on Sunday
Cy Est Pourtraicte, Madame Ste Ursule, Et Les Unze Mille Vierges
The Doctor of Geneva
The Comedian as the Letter C
From the Misery of Don Joost
Anecdote of Men by the Thousand
Floral Decorations for Bananas
A High-Toned Old Christian Woman
Banal Sojourn
The Emperor of Ice-Cream
Tea at the Palaz of Hoon
Disillusionment of Ten O’Clock
Sunday Morning
Six Significant Landscapes
Bantams in Pine-Woods
Anecdote of the Jar 49
Frogs Eat Butterflies. Snakes Eat Frogs.
Hogs Eat Snakes. Men Eat Hogs
Life Is Motion
To the One of Fictive Music
Peter Quince at the Clavier
Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird
The Man Whose Pharynx Was Bad
The Death of a Soldier
Sea Surface Full of Clouds

From Ideas of Order (1936)
Farewell to Florida
Sailing After Lunch
Sad Strains of a Gay Waltz
How to Live. What to Do
Waving Adieu, Adieu, Adieu
The Idea of Order at Key West
The American Sublime
Mozart, 1935
The Sun This March
Botanist on Alp (No. 1)
Botanist on Alp (No. 2)
Evening Without Angels
Re-Statement of Romance
The Reader
Anglais Mort à Florence
The Pleasures of Merely Circulating
A Postcard from the Volcano
Autumn Refrain
Gallant Château

From the Man with the Blue Guitar & Other Poems (1937)
The Man with the Blue Guitar
The Men That Are Falling

From Parts of a World (1942)
Poetry Is a Destructive Force
The Poems of Our Climate
Study of Two Pears
The Glass of Water
Add This to Rhetoric
The Man on the Dump
On the Road Home
The Latest Freed Man
The Dwarf
A Rabbit as King of the Ghosts
Girl in a Nightgown
Connoisseur of Chaos
Poem Written at Morning
The Common Life
The Sense of the Sleight-of-Hand Man
A Dish of Peaches in Russia
Of Hartford in a Purple Light
Bouquet of Belle Scavoir
Yellow Afternoon
Martial Cadenza
Of Modern Poetry
Arrival at the Waldorf
Landscape with Boat
On the Adequacy of Landscape
Woman Looking at a Vase of Flowers
The Well Dressed Man with a Beard
Of Bright & Blue Birds & the Gala Sun
Mrs. Alfred Uruguay
Asides on the Oboe
Contrary Theses (I)
Phosphor Reading by His Own Light
Contrary Theses (II)

From Transport to Summer (1947)
God Is Good. It Is a Beautiful Night
The Motive for Metaphor
No Possum, No Sop, No Taters
So-and-So Reclining on Her Couch
Crude Foyer
The Creations of Sound
Holiday in Reality
Esthétique Du Mal
The Bed of Old John Zeller
Less and Less Human, O Savage Spirit
Flyer’s Fall
Debris of Life and Mind
Description Without Place
Late Hymn from the Myrrh-Mountain
Man Carrying Thing
Chaos in Motion and Not in Motion
The House Was Quiet and the World Was Calm
Burghers of Petty Death
The Red Fern
The Dove in the Belly
Credences of Summer
Notes toward a Supreme Fiction

From the Auroras of Autumn (1950)
The Auroras of Autumn
Page from a Tale
Large Red Man Reading
This Solitude of Cataracts
The Beginning
The Countryman
The Ultimate Poem Is Abstract
Bouquet of Roses in Sunlight
A Primitive Like an Orb
The Woman in Sunshine
World Without Peculiarity
Puella Parvula
What We See Is What We Think
Questions Are Remarks
An Ordinary Evening in New Haven
Angel Surrounded by Paysans

From “Three Academic Pieces” in the Necessary Angel (1951)
Someone Puts a Pineapple Together

From the section The Rock in The Collected Poems (1954)
The Plain Sense of Things
The Hermitage at the Center
The Green Plant
Madame La Fleurie
To an Old Philosopher in Rome
Vacancy in the Park
The Poem That Took the Place of a Mountain
Two Illustrations That the World
What You Make of It
Prologues to What Is Possible
Song of Fixed Accord
The World as Meditation
Long and Sluggish Lines
A Quiet Normal Life
Final Soliloquy of the Interior Paramour
The Rock
St. Armorer’s Church from the Outside
The Planet on the Table
The River of Rivers in Connecticut
Not Ideas About the Thing But the Thing Itself

From Opus Posthumous (1957, 1989)
As You Leave the Room
The Sick Man
The Course of a Particular
The Dove in Spring
Farewell Without a Guitar
A Child Asleep in Its Own Life
Two Letters
Reality Is an Activity of the Most August Imagination
Local Objects
Artificial Populations
A Clear Day and No Memories
July Mountain
Of Mere Being

Short Chronology
Suggestions for Further Reading
Index of Titles

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