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The wild card : selected poems, early and late

Author: Karl Shapiro; Stanley Kunitz; David Ignatow
Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, ©1998.
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The Wild Card is that gem among books: a selection of those enduring works that will definitively represent the poet as one of the major artists of our time. Karl Shapiro, who won the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry in 1945 for his second collection, V-Letter and Other Poems, is an American poetic treasure and an acknowledged master of lyrical poetry whose subjects have ranged from commonplace objects and occurrences to
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Shapiro, Karl Jay, 1913-2000.
Wild card.
Urbana : University of Illinois Press, c1998
(OCoLC)607063261
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Karl Shapiro; Stanley Kunitz; David Ignatow
ISBN: 0252023897 9780252023897 0252066898 9780252066894
OCLC Number: 37870585
Description: xxiii, 191 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Foreword / Stanley Kunitz --
Introduction / M. L. Rosenthal --
From Person, Place, and Thing (1942) --
The Dome of Sunday --
Washington Cathedral --
Auto Wreck --
Hospital --
The Fly --
University --
Drug Store --
Haircut --
Waitress --
Buick --
Israfel --
Mongolian Idiot --
Necropolis --
October I --
Epitaph for John and Richard --
Emporium --
Death of Emma Goldman --
The Contraband --
Elegy for Two Banjos --
Scyros --
The Glutton --
Poet --
Travelogue for Exiles --
Midnight Show --
Conscription Camp --
The Twins --
Nostalgia --
A Cut Flower --
From V-Letter and Other Poems (1944) --
Troop Train --
Christmas Eve: Australia --
Piano --
Magician --
Red Indian --
Full Moon: New Guinea --
The Gun --
The Second-Best Bed --
Fireworks --
Lord, I Have Seen Too Much --
Franklin --
Jefferson --
Sunday: New Guinea --
Jew --
Shylock --
The Synagogue --
The Interlude --
The Intellectual --
V-Letter --
Elegy for a Dead Soldier --
From Trial of a Poet (1947) --
Homecoming --
The Conscientious Objector --
The Progress of Faust --
In the Waxworks --
D.C. --
The Convert --
Boy-Man --
The Southerner --
Recapitulations --
From Poems 1940-1953 (1953) --
Israel --
The Minute --
The Figurehead --
The Potomac --
Going to School --
From Poems of a Jew (1958) --
The Alphabet --
Messias --
The Confirmation --
The First Time --
The Murder of Moses --
From The Bourgeois Poet (1964) --
Solipsism --
The Bourgeois Poet --
The Living Rooms of My Neighbors --
The Wood --
The Clearing --
Hair --
Beautiful Thing.
Responsibility: Karl Shapiro ; edited by Stanley Kunitz and David Ignatow ; foreword by Stanley Kunitz ; introduction by M.L. Rosenthal.

Abstract:

The Wild Card is that gem among books: a selection of those enduring works that will definitively represent the poet as one of the major artists of our time. Karl Shapiro, who won the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry in 1945 for his second collection, V-Letter and Other Poems, is an American poetic treasure and an acknowledged master of lyrical poetry whose subjects have ranged from commonplace objects and occurrences to biting political commentary to open celebrations of the "necessary contradictions" in humanity's moral nature.

As Shapiro's subjects have evolved, so has his style, developing and modulating into various forms, but always with an essential rhythm and lyricism. To read Shapiro's work as it unfolds in The Wild Card will be to grasp the depth and breadth of a great poet's career and the many sides of his nature.

Supported by a grant from the Eric Mathieu King Fund of the Academy of American Poets.

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