A beautiful hardcover selection of poems by one of the giants of contemporary American poetry. EVERYMAN’S LIBRARY POCKET POETS.
James Merrill once called his body of work “chronicles of love and loss,” and in twenty books written over four decades he used the details of his own life–comic and haunting, exotic and domestic–to shape a portrait that in turn mirrored the image of our world and our moment. Like Wallace Stevens and W. H. Auden before him, Merrill sought to quicken the pulse of a poem in surprising and compelling ways–ways, indeed, that changed how we came to see our own lives. Years ago, the critic Helen Vendler wrote of Merrill, “He has become one of our indispensable poets.” This volume brings together an entirely new pocket-sized selection of the best of Merrill’s work. His poetry dazzles at every turn, and this balanced and compact selection will be an ideal introduction to the work for both students and general readers, and an instant favorite among his familiars.
JAMES MERRILL (1926-1995), one of the foremost American poets of the later twentieth century, was the winner of numerous awards for his work, including two National Book Awards, the Bollingen Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, and the first Bobbit Prize from… More about James Merrill