Here and Now: Poems (Hardcover)

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Stephen Dunn's language is exquisitely revealing of the mind and its workings. In Here and Now, he speaks with an honest tongue of a life of observation, contemplation and relationship--and of the life well-lived. It provoked me to read his words aloud--to experience their beauty and to more fully partake of his view of the world. Dunn has written and published 16 collections of poetry. Different Hours received the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. In Here and Now, try Little Good Song (p. 71) or Bad (p. 87) for a taste of his imaginative fascination with life.

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"[Stephen Dunn] has taken his place among our major, indispensable poets."—Miami Herald


Full of grace and masterful precision, the poems in Stephen Dunn's sixteenth book of poetry attest to the contradictions we live with in the here and now, both political and metaphysical, and the essential human comedy of getting through the day.



from "The House on the Hill"

      . . . from out of the fog,

      a large, welcoming house would emerge

      made out of invention and surprise.

      No things without ideas! you'd shout,

      and the doors would open,

      and the echoes would cascade down

      to the valleys and the faraway towns.

About the Author


Stephen Dunn is the author of nineteen poetry collections, including the Pulitzer Prize–winning Different Hours, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the recipient of an Academy Award for Literature. His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Atlantic, and American Poetry Review, among many other publications. A distinguished professor emeritus at Richard Stockton University, he lives in Frostburg, Maryland.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780393080216
ISBN-10: 0393080218
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: June 6th, 2011
Pages: 112
Language: English
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