What Goes On: Selected and New Poems, 1995-2009

What Goes On: Selected and New Poems, 1995-2009

Stephen Dunn


"Good poems are triumphs over the unlikely," Stephen Dunn says. "They make us beware in new ways." In his moment new and chosen assortment, Dunn subtly enlarges our feel of chance. His new poems, suffused with affection and rue for our international, sometimes tackle the metaphysical, as in those lines—

from “Talk to God”Ease into your misgivingsAsk him if in his weaknesshe used to be ever responsiblefor a pettiness—some climate, say,brought in to teach who’s bosswhen not anyone appeared sufficiently movedby a sundown or the form of an egg.Ask him if while he gave us desirehe had underestimated its power.

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