The Dance Most of All: Poems

The Dance Most of All: Poems

Jack Gilbert


A extraordinary late-in-life assortment, elegiac and bracing, from grasp poet Jack Gilbert, whose Refusing Heaven captivated the poetry global and gained the nationwide e-book Critics Circle Award in addition to the l. a. occasions booklet Prize.

In those often daring and nuanced poems, Gilbert seems to be again on the passions of a life—the ladies, and his thoughts of all of the levels of affection; the locations (Paris, Greece, Pittsburgh); the mysterious and lonely places of work of poetry itself. We get illuminating glimpses of the poet’s heritage and formative years, in poems like “Going Home” (his mom the daughter of sharecroppers, his father the black sheep in a relatives of wealthy Virginia retailers) and “Summer at Blue Creek, North Carolina,” a vintage scene of pulling water from the good, sounding the depths.

The name of the gathering is drawn from the startling “Ovid in Tears,” within which the poet determine has fallen and is conducted, muttering faintly: “White stone within the white solar . . . either the melody / and the symphony. The imperfect dancing / within the appealing dance. The dance so much of all.” Gilbert reminds us that there's attractiveness to be celebrated within the imperfect—“a worthy / to the unshapely our candy brain founders on”—and whilst there's “the harrowing by way of mortality.” but, with no fail, he embraces the country of grief and loss as a part of the dance.

The fruits of a profession spanning greater than part a century of yankee poetry, The Dance so much of All is a e-book to have fun and to learn time and again.

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