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House of days: poems

Parini, Jay

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ISBN 10: 0805057137 / ISBN 13: 9780805057133
Editorial: Henry Holt, New York, 1998
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86p., very good first edition in dj inscribed and signed by the poet. N° de ref. de la librería 101670

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Título: House of days: poems

Editorial: Henry Holt, New York

Año de publicación: 1998

Encuadernación: Hardcover

Condición de la sobrecubierta: Dust Jacket Included

Ejemplar firmado: Signed by Author(s)

Edición: 1st Edition

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In House of Days, his fourth collection of poems, Jay Parini moves beyond his earlier work to address the environmental and spiritual crises that afflict us in the late twentieth century. The book moves from "Nature Revisited," an elegiac sequence of poems about the ontological status of nature itself, to the title sequence, "House of Days," which might be thought of as the poet's field notes as he moves through a season, month by month. "The Ruined House," Part III, is an autobiographical sequence that revisits scenes from Anthracite Country (1982), Parini's acclaimed second volume of verse. From there, Parini moves through a series of spiritual explorations in "Another Kingdom." And in a highly inventive final sequence, "Reading Emerson in My Forty-Seventh Summer," Parini meditates on many of the great themes of Emerson--the quintessential American visionary--often blending his own language with quotations from Emerson. In all, House of Days represents a major development in the richly varied career of this hugely accomplished poet, novelist, and biographer.

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In this beautifully crafted volume, Parini takes on the natural world in all its splendor, allowing aptly chosen images to express a full emotional palette. From the first poem, a tightly woven sonnet lamenting the disappearance of falling stars, "their dwindling into dark with less and less / of anything a witness might recall," it is clear we are in the hands of a master. The natural world is seen as a place of redemption, where

a feast is made of what has fallen
and the wind, as patient as ever,
circles and assumes this shape or that one,
always moving on: from leaf to lizard,
seed to finch to splatter in mud,
where breath begins, where eyes fall open,
where the world invents itself again.
Parini is nothing less than a poet-alchemist, transforming the ordinary facts of weather and season into gold. If Ralph Waldo Emerson could read these poems, he'd nod and smile in the knowledge his transcendentalist vision endures. --Martha Silano

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