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Collected Poems 1952-1999 (Paperback)

Author:  Robert Mezey
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 1557286124
ISBN-13: 9781557286123
Sku: 30652180
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.75H x 5.75L x 0.75T
Pages:  304
Age Range:  NA
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This important collection of poems, which spans a career of nearly fifty years, demonstrates Robert Mezey's development as a notable stylist, thinker and poet. Moving from adaptations of Latin and Spanish poems to prayers and lamentations, from elegies and plaints of lost love to flights of comic and ribald fancy, his poetry reaches to the extremes of human experience. The death of friends and family, one's self-betrayals and self-infatuations, the comical confusion of a worried mother, the art of a doomed Jewish child in a Nazi concentration camp-all these human dramas play out bravely against the backdrop of the beautiful indifferent earth.
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This important collection of poems, which spans a career of nearly fifty years, demonstrates Robert Mezey's development as a notable stylist, thinker, and poet. Moving from adaptations of Latin and Spanish poems to prayers and lamentations, from elegies and plaints of lost love to flights of comic and ribald fancy, his poetry reaches to the extremes of human experience. The death of friends and family, one's self-betrayals and self-infatuations, the comical confusion of a worried mother, the art of a doomed Jewish child in a Nazi concentration camp?all these human dramas play out bravely against the backdrop of the beautiful, indifferent path. Mezey can portray aging and death or sing of love and nature with an accuracy of perception and an intensity of feeling heightened by formal clarity and restraint. With his razor-sharp eye for the singular detail, he describes missed opportunities and moments of human weakness and loss in gestures so real the reader will ache. In capturing the pain of religious doubt, the pangs of tenderness and elation, and the vagaries of fate so honestly, Mezey has wrought a high finish to each poem so that, in the words of Donald Justice, they become "absolute classics of calm and beauty."
Annotation:
This collected volume reaches back to Mezey's first book, THE LOVEMAKER, the 1960 Lamont Poetry Selection, presenting his subsequent volumes in full, along with previously unpublished material.

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Bloomsbury Review
"This volume appears st s moment when it is necessary to read and study poets who have been writing for a long time, their careers spanning decades of leading us toward higher truths." - Ray Gonzalez July/August 2001

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0304
Product attributePublisher:   University of Arkansas Press
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