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Effluences from the Sacred Caves
Hayden Carruth
0472063499
Nov 1983
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Book Description
Hayden Carruth's books of poetry include Scrambled Eggs and Whiskey: Poems 1991-1995, Collected Shorter Poems, and Collected Longer Poems. His awards include the Lannan Literary Award, the National Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award.


Ten Poems to Last You a Lifetime
Roger Housden
1400051134
October 2004
Hardcover
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From Booklist
*Starred Review* The outstanding achievement of popular inspirational writer Housden's Ten Poems books (see also Ten Poems to Set You Free [BKL D 1 03] and Ten Poems That Open Your Heart [BKL Ja 1 & 15 03]) is that they present poets and poetry that most of his usual audience will embrace but might never otherwise encounter. He finds a poem by former cook, maid, and gas station manager Dorianne Laux, "For the Sake of Strangers," about how the kindness of strangers keeps her from stepping off the edge of despair, and after it he tells his own story about a trek through the Sinai desert; so doing, he lifts the poem, already powerful on its own, to a higher level of meaning. He repeats the procedure with a rich variety of poets, from Keats to Naomi Shihab Nye, from sixth-century Buddhist poet Seng-Ts'an to Mary...


Beside the Shadblow Tree: A Memoir of James Laughlin
Hayden Carruth
1556590997
April 1999
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From Booklist
James Laughlin (1914^-97) was an essential figure in twentieth-century literature, not because he was a major writer, though he was a very fine poet, but because New Directions books, which introduced several generations to the best in modern world literature, were "published for" him. That phrase was indicative of Laughlin, his friend, Carruth, imparts, for it skirted publicly acknowledging that he was New Directions' very active publisher-editor. Laughlin was extremely self-effacing, unwilling to show emotion or to endure gratitude. Yet he loved many women besides his three wives, and he was extraordinarily generous, not just with money. Near the end of this careful, thoroughly engaging memoir, as biographical of its author as of its subject, Carruth states his realization that Laughlin had supported him unobtrusively...


Voice That Is Great Within Us
Hayden Carruth
0613192664
Sept 1983
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Review
"Not only the best on its period, I think, but it is even perhaps safe from the competition of rivals."
--Robert Lowell

"What an achievement, these sixty years of poetry!  In whatever terms we Americans regard the rest of our recent history, the score of things done well and done ill, this much at least we have done superlatively."
--Hayden Carruth --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

Book Description
This famous anthology includes the works of more than 130 major American poets of the modern period--Robert Frost, Paul Goodman, Carl Sandburg and Gwendolyn Brooks among them--along with short biographies of each. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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Reluctantly: Autobiographical Essays
Hayden Carruth
155659089X
July 1999
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Book Review
Readers unfamiliar with the poetry of Hayden Carruth will be struck by the honesty and clarity of his new book of autobiographical essays. A solid introduction to his interior world, Reluctantly also serves well as a supplement to Carruth's 50 years of publishing poetry, criticism, and one fine, underread novel, Appendix A. Now in his late 70s, Carruth has witnessed from his seclusion in remote New England the rise and fall of myriad intellectual, political, and poetical movements. In his essays, he sets these passages alongside events in his own life as if to find explanations for the absurdity of one in the chaos of the other. As the title suggests, it is with great reluctance that he discusses his suicide attempts, hospitalizations, nervous breakdowns, divorces, and other disappointments. Yet in his memory these...


Hayden Carruth: A Listener's Guide
Copper Canyon Press
1556599986
March 2000
Compact Disc
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Book Description
This new seventy-minute recording features Hayden Carruth reading thirty poems from his Collected Shorter Poems, which received the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Scrambled Eggs & Whiskey, which won the National Book Award. The selection spans, in roughly chronological order, his celebrated career of more than fifty years. To hear Carruth give voice to poems suchg as "The Cows at Night," "Marvin McCabe," and "Regarding Chainsaws" is a rare gift.In addition to the National Book Award Hayden Carruth has been awarded a National Book Critics Circle Award, a 1995 Lannan Literary Award, the Shelley Memorial Award, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the NEA, among many other honors. The author of dozens of books of poetry and prose, he is a former editor of Poetry and former poetry editor for...


From Snow and Rock, from Chaos
Hayden Carruth
0811204693
Dec 1973
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Hayden Carruth: Selected Essays and Reviews
Hayden Carruth
1556591071
November 1995
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Book Review
The balance, appreciation, and clear-eyed sympathy of Hayden Carruth's 1975 essay on Robert Frost stand as a model for literary critics. His later essays on the blues, Richard Hugo, and Allen Ginsberg are similarly engaged, fair-minded, and human. Not every first-rate poet can write well about poetry, but Carruth is that rare writer who is brilliant both at making poems and discussing them. Adrienne Rich writes that these essays "keep faith with poetry," by which she means that they refuse to simplify or objectify. There is much to be learned from Carruth's prose as well as his poetry.

From Publishers Weekly
This is impassioned poetry criticism of the best sort. So good, in fact, that even those without a taste for poetry (or for criticism, for that matter) will find...


The Voice That Is Great within Us: American Poetry of the Twentieth Century
Hayden Carruth (Editor)
0553262637
September 1983
Mass Market Paperback
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Review
"Not only the best on its period, I think, but it is even perhaps safe from the competition of rivals."
--Robert Lowell

"What an achievement, these sixty years of poetry!  In whatever terms we Americans regard the rest of our recent history, the score of things done well and done ill, this much at least we have done superlatively."
--Hayden Carruth

Review
"Not only the best on its period, I think, but it is even perhaps safe from the competition of rivals."
--Robert Lowell

"What an achievement, these sixty years of poetry!  In whatever terms we Americans regard the rest of our recent history, the score of things done well and done ill, this much at least we have done superlatively."
--Hayden Carruth


Tell Me Again How the White Heron Rises and Flies Across the Nacreous River at Twilight Toward..
Hayden Carruth
0811211045
Sept 1989
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Asphalt Georgics, Vol. 591
Hayden Carruth
0811209377
April 1985
Hardcover
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Sitting in
Hayden Carruth
087745423X
Aug 1993
(Paperback) - Expanded Ed.
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From Publishers Weekly
Poet, critic, novelist, editor and professor of English at Bucknell, Carruth, like the late Philip Larkin, is a devoted, knowledgeable aficionado of jazz, and in some of his best writing he relates black music to English and American literature, Afro-American culture and the nature of artistic imagination. In these reprinted essays and poems, he explores the origins, forms and influences of jazz and the blues, the principles of improvisation and spontaneity, the nature of expressiveness and the contributions of Earl Hines, Bessie Smith, Maxine Sullivan, Joe Turner, Ben Webster and other musicians. Some jazz fans may find this book scholarly, but the more literate will be enthralled by Carruth's comparing the playing ofPee Wee Russell with the poetry of Alexander Pope and William Butler Yeats. (OctoberCopyright...


Asphalt Georgics, Vol. 591
Hayden Carruth
0811209385
April 1985
Paperback
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Mr. Milo Bush and Other Worthies
Hayden Carruth
1417957999
May 2005
Paperback
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Collected Longer Poems
Hayden Carruth
1556590598
November 1993
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
This is the companion volume to Carruth's Collected Shorter Poems, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award and was a finalist for the National Book Award in 1992. "Here am I--drowned, living, loving, and insane" the first poem ends. Yet even taking on a nervous breakdown as a subject does not throw this poet into a confessional mode. The work here seems to break every rule of modern poetry, yet it succeeds. Carruth speaks in generalities about concepts such as Ecstasy and Death. Emotional landscapes are set against the harsh New England winters, creating a force of nature as violent and complicated as Robinson Jeffers's California. The veiled, elegiac stance in early sequences sets the stage for the most powerful and lyrical work in Carruth's oeuvre, the book-length "Sleeping Beauty." Here the woman,...


The Voyage of the Rattletrap
Hayden Carruth
1421961393
Dec 2005
Hardcover
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A Commonplace Book of Pentastichs
James Laughlin
0811213862
November 1998
Hardcover
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Book Description
Poetry. A COMMONPLACE BOOK OF PENTASTICHS is a compilation of 249 poems composed in a fine-line stanza form first introduced in THE SECRET ROOM (1997). It is the last book of his own that Laughlin helped to prepare. Musing on the full collection, Hayden Carruth writes in his introduction: "For the reader it is a survey of literature that will never be found in the classroom ... but indubitably will be found in loving longlasting proximity on many a bedside table." James Laughlin founded New Directions in 1936. His own first book, NATURAL THINGS, appeared nine years later. POEMS NEW AND SELECTED, was completed shortly before his death in 1997.

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