The Probable World

The Probable World Stephen Dunn called Lawrence Raab s last book a superb collection Raab s poems evoke a world both recognizable and dreamlike a world of slippery realities told from self questioning perspectives With

  • Title: The Probable World
  • Author: Lawrence Raab
  • ISBN: 9780140589214
  • Page: 139
  • Format: Paperback
  • Stephen Dunn called Lawrence Raab s last book a superb collection Raab s poems evoke a world both recognizable and dreamlike, a world of slippery realities told from self questioning perspectives With this collection, Raab has surpassed his earlier accomplishments.His concerns range from dreams to space aliens, from the death of SheLley to the nature of friendship,Stephen Dunn called Lawrence Raab s last book a superb collection Raab s poems evoke a world both recognizable and dreamlike, a world of slippery realities told from self questioning perspectives With this collection, Raab has surpassed his earlier accomplishments.His concerns range from dreams to space aliens, from the death of SheLley to the nature of friendship, from Hamlet to high school Figured in landscapes both real and imagined the probable worlds of our lives these elegant poems form a meditation on what separates the actual from the possible Of his previous collection, the National Book Award judges wrote, Not often in today s poetry has our mortal circumstance become so magical In his new book, the quiet clarity of Raab s voice moves calmly into the large, unanswerable mysteries of being what our lives might become, or could have been but never were.

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    1. Not ground breaking, but very good in parts and definitely overall solid. Raab has a very conversational, speculative, casual tone. Mostly it works and makes for an enjoyable and insightful read. Though some of the poems, to me, came off as amateurish and trite. Also, poems about poems, while sometimes amusing, are a bit too "meta" for me, and there are a few of these in the book. If there were half stars I would give this 2.5. But I shall give it 3 because in the picture of the author on the ba [...]

    2. This collection starts strong with "Why the Truth Is Hidden," "Love" & "Respect," but these superb poems fizzle into subpar pieces as mediocre as the schools in Pittsfield ("High School Days") with prosaic lines dull as anyone who'd say, "I thought Henry Mancini was a great composer" ("My Life Before I Knew It").

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