This collection of twenty-four poems reveals the range and power of a young Southern poet whose work is characterized by a tensile strength and a coldly factual style which beneath the surface carries great passion. Some of the poems masterfully employ twists of irony; others utilize grotesque, yet real, characters and situations; others are ...
This collection of twenty-four poems reveals the range and power of a young Southern poet whose work is characterized by a tensile strength and a coldly factual style which beneath the surface carries great passion. Some of the poems masterfully employ twists of irony; others utilize grotesque, yet real, characters and situations; others are nimble parodies. All of the poems, however, proclaim Taylor's sensitivity to the rhythms and idioms of everyday speech. All touch the unusual, the comic, the despairing, the hopeful. These, then, are distinctive poems about man and his condition, informed by reality and by a simple but powerful expression.
Very Good+ Signed by Author inscribed and signed on title page, 137 pages, navy card cover with green titles. This volume contains the two collections of poetry published prior to Taylor winning the Pulitzer Prize in 1986. Cover is edgeworn and rubbed, contents fine. IN STOCK.
Octavo, 54 pages. Hard cover with dust jacket. Very Good. Inscribed and dated by author on front end paper. Tight binding. Text is clean and unmarked. Neat and clean boards. Dust jacket is price-clipped and shows light soiling and light shelf wear; still very good and wrapped in protective brodart. Thin black spine with text in blue. Shelve in Poetry. Dupont.
54pp. Octavo [23.5 cm] Decorative blue paper covered boards with a silver stamped title on the spine, and a blind stamped title on the front cover. Very good. The spine ends are bumped. In a very good dust jacket, with subtle rubbing and yellowing. The edges have a handful of chips and a small loss. The loss measures 1 and 1/4" wide by 3/4" deep. There is a brief numerical notation on the top edge of the front inside flap. Signed by the author on the front free endsheet. From the dust jacket-"This collection of twenty-four poems reveals the range and power of a young Southern poet whose work is characterized by a tensile strength and a coldly factual style which beneath the surface carries great passion."
Fine in Very Good jacket. Fine in very good dust jacket. Signed by author. Near Fine/Very Good with slight shelf wear to dj only-chips, hardback, Signed and Inscribed by Author, First Edition. Lisa-426.
First edition. Fine in modestly rubbed, very good dustwrapper with several small tears. Nicely Inscribed by the author: "For Carney and Narcissa with much gratitude and love, Henry. Roanoke 12 July 68."
8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. Signed by Author First edition, first prnt. Signed by Taylor on the front free endpage. Blue endpages with beginning edge toning; dustjacket with a front panel corners and spine ends just touched and beginning toning on the rear panel. Near Fine condition in a Very Good+ dustjacket with a Durafold mylar cover. Taylor's first collection of poems. The image is of the book described; not a stock photo.
Publishers Weekly, 1992-04-06 This reissue of Pulitzer Prize-winning Taylor's ( The Flying Change ) first two books shows a poetic facility unusual in so young a writer (Taylor wrote The Horse Show at Midnight while an undergraduate). These poems reveal a mature mind at work; the tone is sedate, meditative and thoughtful. Taylor's language is not flashy; he renders prose-like sentences into verse, without much of the wordplay that makes poetry exciting to read. Taylor's work is the finest you can find in this style, but sometimes his careful attitude can hinder the powerful idea behind a poem, as with ``Riding a One-Eyed Horse.'' One of the best pieces in the collection, its first line bolts into the reader's mind: ``One side of his world is always missing.'' But after giving the feel of riding such a beast, the poem ends too cautiously: ``The heavy dark /will stay beside you always; let him learn / to learn against it. It will steady him / and see you safely through diminished fields.'' Taylor has a biting, dry wit that surfaces too infrequently: ``I crouch over my radio / to tune in the President. / thinking how lucky I am /not to own a television.'' cap and punct ok in this quote?/yes/pk Lines like these, although first published almost 20 years ago, still retain their relevance today. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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