The Works: Poems Selected from Five Decades

The Works: Poems Selected from Five Decades

George Starbuck


Eighty-one poems spanning the occupation of the overdue George Starbuck, commonly praised luminary of recent American verse.

Starbuck was once recognized in his lifetime and is remembered this day as a practitioner of verse awesome for its pathos, intelligence, and wit. A grasp of yank vernacular, delicate to the rhythms of daily speech, Starbuck used to be additionally an excellent lyricist, instantaneously erudite and irreverent. He addressed the most profound problems with his day with a playful ingenuity and a virtuosity of expertise that Glyn Maxwell, poetry editor of the recent Republic, writing within the Oxford significant other to 20th Century Poetry, calls a "veritable arsenal of techniques opposed to the darkness."

Starbuck got here to huge severe realize in 1960 with the ebook of his first publication, Bone recommendations, which gained the Yale sequence of more youthful Poets prize. He released paintings usually within the New Yorker and different significant literary journals within the usa. His paintings was once continuously famous with awards, between them the Prix de Rome, an Ingram-Merrill Fellowship, a Rockefeller starting place Fellowship, the Beth Hokin Prize, a outstanding e-book of the yr designation from the hot York instances, the Lenore Marshall poetry prize, and an Aiken-Taylor Lifetime success Award.

Grouped jointly through a long time, the poems display Starbuck's constructing genius. His technical agility and his singular voice are obtrusive. As Anthony Hecht announces in his foreword, "I come to this posthumous assortment with serene and justified self belief to find huge, immense excitement, astonishment, admiration, and real pride. [This ebook] is a beneficiant sampling of a profound poetic legacy, one for which readers needs to be deeply grateful."

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