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Walking Backwards - by John Koethe (Hardcover)

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Number of Pages: 384

Genre: Poetry

Sub-Genre: American

Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Book theme: General

Author: John Koethe

Language: English

Street Date: November 20, 2018
TCIN: 53610788
UPC: 9780374285791
Item Number (DPCI): 248-36-7274


Collected poems from America's searching and thoughtful philosopher-poet

. . . There's something
Comforting about rituals renewed, even adolescents' pipe dreams:
They'll find out soon enough, and meanwhile find their places
In the eternal scenery, less auguries or cautionary tales

Than parts of an unchanging whole, as ripe for contemplation
As a planisphere or the clouds: the vexed destinies, the shared life,
The sempiternal spectacle of someone preaching to the choir
While walking backwards in the moment on a warm spring afternoon.

John Koethe's poems--always dynamic and in process, never static or complete--luxuriate in the questions that punctuate the most humdrum of routines, rendering a robust portrait of an individual: complicated, quotidian, and resounding with truth. Gathering for the first time his impressive and award-winning body of work, published between 1966 and 2016, Walking Backwards introduces this gifted poet to a new, wider readership.

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