Everything Else in the World: Poems

Everything Else in the World Poems In his fourteenth collection of poems Pulitzer Prize winner Stephen Dunn reveals his concerns ranging from meditations on salvation and time to the difficulties and pleasures of loving in this alrea

  • Title: Everything Else in the World: Poems
  • Author: Stephen Dunn
  • ISBN: 9780393062397
  • Page: 230
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In his fourteenth collection of poems, Pulitzer Prize winner Stephen Dunn reveals his concerns, ranging from meditations on salvation and time to the difficulties and pleasures of loving in this already brutal century In language that Gerald Stern has called unbearably fearless and beautiful, Dunn continues to probe the elusive in the lives we live.

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    1. What's there to say about Stepehn Dunn that hasn't been said?(Woha, day-sha-voo)Here's the the thing about the ol Dunn Beetle. His ability is born of accessibility, it's the main priority here. Steve kicks nobody out. There's no, "Haven't read the Aeneid recently? Then get the fuck out!" I've probably loaned out this guy more than any other poet. Not because he's my favorite, but because more different kinds of people can agree on him and poets like Billy Collins, Wislawa Szymborska, the accessi [...]

    2. Over time, Stephen Dunn has dared to tackle the intangible as well as the concrete. This is in addition to the multitudinous sides of human existence he has always explored. Dunn does not reveal what we want to know about ourselves, but what we need to know. Just like in _Riffs & Reciprocities_, where opposites found similarities and agreement and common bonds within each other, so do the explorations of this fine poet in this collection touch upon not only the light and dark, but the softly [...]

    3. I saw Stephen Dunn give a reading at Baylor University in 2011. A close friend had recommended his work to me, and I just barely remembered it enough to notice the poster and go to the reading. Intimate, conversational, wise, funny, Dunn was exactly what I had imagined and more. I bought a copy of Different Hours and had him sign it, inscribed to that friend who had first told me about his work. Years later I picked up this collection at a used book store. I've dipped into it over the last two y [...]

    4. As someone who has only recently begun to read poetry I was delighted to discover Billy Collins; his intellectual approach and accessible style captivated me and made me feel “in on it”. What a relief! I was afraid poetry would only make me feel stupid for “not getting it” like it did in high school and university. Tempting as it is to simply read more Billy Collins, I am forcing myself to read other poets. The point is to challenge myself a bit. I’m writing all this as a way of saying [...]

    5. This small book by Pulitzer Prize winner, Stephen Dunn, was a very quick and enjoyable read. Mr. Dunn sums up some of our ordinary thoughts and feelings in the poems Lucky and The Lost Thing. In Replicas, Mr. Dunn provides insight into the masks that many people wear to cocktail parties where appearances can be very deceiving.The poem Signs illustrates some of the ridiculous connotations in some of our traditional signage, such as Slow Children and Falling Rock Zone. In his words are the memory [...]

    6. Dunn is a contemporary poet I enjoy, but this collection didn't stand up to others of his (Different Hours and The Insistence of Beauty, in particular). He has a skill for writing a solid meditative narrative, but a lot of these poems seem a little dull or easy. I liked a few poems, though, including "Summer Nocturne."

    7. Simply put, one of the best poetry collections published in the last five years. Stephen Dunn is taught, expressive, deep, heartfelt, candid and insightful. In short, inspiring in the highest of human order.

    8. These are the poems of a man who has been around awhile. An old man writing old man poems, which I do not mean perjoratively.

    9. Yes. I enjoyed these. Often the language seemed perfect. They do not pull at me, but remain distantly beautiful.

    10. Prior to reading Everything Else in the World, I had only come across Stephen Dunn poems by chance. An anthology here, a poets search there. Finally, after discovering the poem "The Kiss," I knew it was time to take a deeper look at this particular poet and so I bought Dunn's fourteenth collection of poems, which happens to contain the one that pushed me over the edge.With only a few poems to form an opinion, I was not quite expecting what I found here in this collection. It all feels distinctly [...]

    11. Reading Dunn's Visitations collection of poetry - having first read his magnificent poem Crossings - I marked about 15 of his poems I loved. So I was looking forward to reading more of his books. In this one, however, there was only one poem that strongly appealed to me, and not as much as any of my favorites in the other book. So though I recommend everyone read Stephen Dunn's highly accessible poetry, I don't particularly recommend this collection.

    12. I'm no poet, not even an aficionado, but I do like it. It grew on me thanks to the Irish poets Seamus Heaney and Eavan Boland (read in an Irish lit class at university). Thanks also go to scattered Plath and Dickinson and Gerard Manley Hopkins that I've picked up, as well as anything The Bard created.Stephen Dunn arrives in my life due to a friend (hi, ARose) imposing him on it. (Postcards, and poems scrawled on them, can do so much.) I read an interview with Dunn at Books & Culture (christi [...]

    13. Dunn is my favorite living poet (what does that say about me?). This book does not disappoint. It has a Solomonic tone: exploring this vaporous world of big and little wrongs, loves, and realizations.Interesting interview quip below gives insight into his craft: ELIZABETH FARNSWORTH: Do your poems come easily? Do they start with an image or a word or an idea?STEPHEN DUNN: All of the above. They start variously. I usually have no particular design in mind when I begin. But, yes, sometimes with an [...]

    14. If I were to just rate the third and final section of this collection, it would be 5 stars. Hands down. I loved it. Summer Nocturne, The Slow Surge, Cardinal Cardinal All but one of the poems I loved are in that final section. (What I Might Say If I Could is the lone favorite from earlier in the book.)I would say that I have become a fan of Dunn's work and that section reminds me of why I love his word-workings. Unfortunately, I felt that much of the book up to that point was uninspired compared [...]

    15. Thanks, Ginnie, for turning me on to your daily WOW!:The Kiss by Stephen Dunn She pressed her lips to mind. —a typoHow many years I must have yearnedfor someone’s lips against mind.Pheromones, newly born, were floatingbetween us. There was hardly any air.She kissed me again, reaching that placethat sends messages to toes and fingertips,then all the way to something like home.Some music was playing on its own.Nothing like a woman who knowsto kiss the right thing at the right time,then kisses [...]

    16. While I enjoyed this collection, it did not pack the same punch that previous Stephen Dunn books. Only two poems grabbed me--one called "Lucky" (meditations on lessons from recess) and "Moonrakers" (a take on the historical moonrakers of Wiltshire). I think the main reason why I didn't connect with this collection is that it seemed far too personal for my taste. Also, Dunn can't seem to help himself from discussing religion (or lack thereof) in many of his poems, which bogs the poems down for me [...]

    17. coincidentally I found this in a thrift store just days after finishing Different Hours. I enjoyed Dunn's Pulitzer Prize winning collection so much I bought this one, which, though not as good as Different Hours, was well worth the dollar I spent on it. I read this one a few poems a night with my wife, and we both enjoyed it very much.

    18. Hit and miss. Very short book. Large type, lots of white page. Could be read in a brief sitting. $25? Jeez.

    19. Phenomenal poems. "A Small Part" alone is a revelation. Dunn is probably our best contemporary poet. I honestly can't think of anyone better.

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