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Never: Poems (Paperback)

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“Graham’s poetry is among the most sensuously embodied and imaginative writing we have.”—New York Times Book Review

A vibrantly focused and intense collection of verse from Jorie Graham, the Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Dream of the Unified Field.

…I am free to go.

I cannot of course come back. Not to this. Never.

It is a ghost posed on my lips. Here: never.

Deftly meditating on nature, spirit, and imagination, Never showcases one of America’s most gifted and respected poets at the height of her creativity. These graceful, probing poems, distinguished by long, meticulously sculpted, almost muscular lines, are among the finest and most innovative compositions in the genre today.

About the Author

Jorie Graham is the author of fourteen collections of poems. She has been widely translated and has been the recipient of numerous awards, among them the Pulitzer Prize, the Forward Prize, the Los Angeles Times Book Award, and the International Nonino Prize. She lives in Massachusetts and teaches at Harvard University.

Praise For…

“[Never] shows Graham to be a most formidable nature poet, finding…perfect analogues for states of consciousness.” — PublishersWeekly

“Graham’s inventive, gracefully longitudinal, lush yet demanding meditations on the nature of being are exquisitely piquant and affecting.” — Booklist

“Graham’s poetry is among the most sensuously embodied and imaginative writing we have.” — New York Times Book Review

“Graham is one of the most important living poets, and her control of her craft is undisputed.” — Library Journal

“[Never] declares that the artistic task of becoming, once begun, continues on.” — New York Times Book Review

"Graham is one of those rare poets who not only has created a language and poetic structure all her own, but who seeks to redefine herself with each new book. Restless, unsatisfied, hungering for a further truth, she offers mediations in Never that are nothing less than dazzling." — San Diego Union-Tribune

"Her syntax fires like synapses. Take her labyrinthine poems the way Frost said to look at a star that fades when stared at. If we focus on a spot beside it, the light will swim into the eye and, as Graham words it, 'silver into place.'" — Seattle Weekly

"Sinuous beauty, and a wild, wide-ranging intellect—a sense of relentless inquiry hums beneath the surface of every line.... One of the most moving books of her career." — Vogue

Product Details
ISBN: 9780060084721
ISBN-10: 0060084723
Publisher: Ecco
Publication Date: March 4th, 2003
Pages: 128
Language: English