By Raymond Carver
"Carver's poetry is like a nearly invisible strand of fishing line reeling us all jointly, connecting us by way of the heart." --San Francisco Examiner and Chronicle
This prodigiously wealthy assortment means that Raymond Carver used to be not just America's most interesting author of brief fiction, but in addition one in all its so much large-hearted and affecting poets. Like Carver's tales, the greater than three hundred poems in we all are marked via a willing realization to the actual international; an uncanny skill to compress colossal feeling into discreet moments; a voice of conversational intimacy, and an unstinting sympathy.
This whole version brings jointly the entire poems of Carver's 5 prior books, from Fires to the posthumously released No Heroics, Please. It additionally comprises bibliographical and textual notes on person poems; a chronology of Carver's lifestyles and paintings; and a relocating advent by way of Carver's widow, the poet Tess Gallagher.
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He’s cleared the inner chambers, still has the gardens to cross, a second outer palace, more stairs, new set of gardens, an outer palace. It goes on like this for hundreds of years. If at last he should limp through the ultimate gate—never, it can never happen— he’d see outstretched before him the imperial capital, center of the world, rustling with red wine and shit and music. Here, nobody can make it, least of all a corpse’s courier. But you sit at your apartment window, whispering such a story into evening.
47 Squirrels Something blurred, warmed in the eye’s corner, like woodsmoke becoming tears; but when you turned to look the stoop was still, the pumpkin and tacky mum pot wouldn’t talk— just a rattle at the gutter and a sense of curtains, somewhere, pulled. Five of them later, scarfing the oak’s black bole, laying a dream of snakes. Needy and reticent at once, these squirrels in charred November recall, in Virgil, what it is to feel: moods, half moods, swarming, then darting loose; obscure hunches that refuse to speak, but still expect 48 in some flash of luck to be revealed.
Irish Blessings! on the new balloons at Jazzman’s Café. Cards for every sort of accident and holiday. 43 to 42; 68 degrees. ” 24 Schine 7 hallway traffic eyeless as a city sidewalk: nurses wrapped around their charting booths, tuxedoed marching food service, timid priest. ” Dying shyly, a nurses’ favorite juggled his breath mask, shifted its pale face across his face, deliberating between competing concealments. Swiping in, a nurse named Dave turns his baseball cap around. 25 In Calico Rock, Arkansas Matthew 26:73 From No Jake Brake and No Barn Burn on to Peppersauce and Greasy Slim old East Calico now a ghost town so anyone’s language shall reveal him decrepit stones once City Jail tells iron sign the words still welded kept and lost in Calico Rock 26 Novitiate for Matt (Brother Isaac) Entire Thursdays in your room.
All of Us: The Collected Poems by Raymond Carver