Selected Poems: 1938-1988

Selected Poems: 1938-1988[Reading] ➶ Selected Poems: 1938-1988 Author Thomas McGrath – Heartforum.co.uk Half a century of writing and publishing by one of our most celebrated poets Winner of the Lenore Marshall Nation Prize for Poetry Half a century of writing and publishing by one of our most celebrated poets Winner of theLenore Marshall Nation Prize for Poetry.

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  • 208 pages
  • Selected Poems: 1938-1988
  • Thomas McGrath
  • English
  • 20 April 2019
  • 1556590121

10 thoughts on “Selected Poems: 1938-1988

  1. C. Hollis Crossman says:

    Having resisted the temptation to look up a picture of Thomas McGrath online, I m free to imagine him As a young man he had lots of dark hair held in place by pomade, tight white T shirts and jeans with the cuffs rolled up, black shoes, and a cigarette drooping between drooping lips below drooping eyes At middle age he would have worn flannel shirts and work boots, smoked evencigarettes, and grown thinner in the face, less well shaved By old age his face would be perpetually whiskered a Having resisted the temptation to look up a picture of Thomas McGrath online, I m free to imagine him As a young man he had lots of dark hair held in place by pomade, tight white T shirts and jeans with the cuffs rolled up, black shoes, and a cigarette drooping between drooping lips below drooping eyes At middle age he would have worn flannel shirts and work boots, smoked evencigarettes, and grown thinner in the face, less well shaved By old age his face would be perpetually whiskered and craggy, his eyes brighter and paler, and his shirt sleeves always rolled just below the elbow.Thomas McGrath was among the last generation of truly great American poets I have no idea what cruel twist of fate kept me unaware of his work for this long, but I m ecstatic that I finally discovered it McGrath s poems are complex, sometimes difficult, often heartbreakingly beautiful an overused phrase, but I can t think of a better one , occasionally perverse, and frequently hilarious They don t read like modern poems, but like ancient Greek or Chinese poems you can read in their original language and context.He speaks often of death, often of the wickedness of modern society, often of the salty reality of the common man and his everyday world McGrath was an idealist, an American Communist guilty of romanticizing the Revolutions of the Soviet Bloc, and an atheist whose dismissals of the Christian religion are just screeds against his perception of Western Protestantism I gather all this from the poems themselves , but none of that is important Somehow he avoids politicizing any of this, instead drawing out the universality of any and all human experience.There s really only one poem about poetry in this collection, and it actually made me laugh out loud when I read it not a regular occurrence It s called, You Can Start the Poetry Now, or News from Crazy Horse, and involves a Beat poet spouting some eminently confusing stream of conscious lines while an audience member perhaps McGrath himself rudely punctuates the recital with demands to start the poetry now There is another poem included earlier that actually has ars poetica in its title, but that s just a condemnation of ivory tower poets Which is, ultimately, what the Crazy Horse poem is about, too, and which makes McGrath essential reading for anyone who cares about the true craft and usefulness of poetry

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  3. Mills College Library says:

    811.54 M1473s 1988

  4. Two Review says:

    Excellent Selected collection.

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