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Refusing heaven : poems

Author: Jack Gilbert
Publisher: New York : Knopf : distributed by Random House 2005.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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More than a decade after Jack Gilbert's The Great Fires, this highly anticipated new collection shows the continued development of a poet who has remained fierce in his avoidance of the beaten path. In Refusing Heaven, Gilbert writes compellingly about the commingled passion, loneliness, and sometimes surprising happiness of a life spent in luminous understanding of his own blessings and shortcomings: "The days and  Read more...
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Gilbert, Jack, 1925-
Refusing heaven.
New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 2005
(OCoLC)646943623
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jack Gilbert
ISBN: 1400043654 9781400043651
OCLC Number: 55871212
Description: 92 p. ; 23 cm.
Contents: A brief for the defense --
Naked except for the jewelry --
Put her in the fields for kindness --
What song should we sing --
Having the having --
Say you love me --
Kunstkammer --
Halloween --
Elegy for Bob --
Resume --
More than sixty --
By small and small : midnight to four A.M. --
Once upon a time --
A close call --
The rooster --
Failing and flying --
Burning --
The other perfection --
A ball of something --
Getting away with it --
Truth --
Transgressions --
The abandoned valley --
Happening apart from what's happening around it --
Exceeding the spirit --
Meditation eleven : reading lake again --
How much of that is left in me? --
'Tis here! 'Tis here! 'Tis gone! --
Ambition --
Being young back then
Responsibility: by Jack Gilbert.
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More than a decade after Jack Gilbert's The Great Fires, this highly anticipated new collection shows the continued development of a poet who has remained fierce in his avoidance of the beaten path. In Refusing Heaven, Gilbert writes compellingly about the commingled passion, loneliness, and sometimes surprising happiness of a life spent in luminous understanding of his own blessings and shortcomings: "The days and nights wasted . . . Long hot afternoons / watching ants while the cicadas railed / in the Chinese elm about the brevity of life." Time slows down in these poems, as Gilbert creates an aura of curiosity and wonder at the fact of existence itself. Despite powerful intermittent griefs?over the women he has parted from or the one lost to cancer (an experience he captures with intimate precision)?Gilbert's choice in this volume is to "refuse heaven." He prefers this life, with its struggle and alienation and delight, to any paradise. His work is both a rebellious assertion of the call to clarity and a profound affirmation of the world in all its aspects. It braces the reader in its humanity and heart.

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