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The first new selection of this acclaimed poet’s work in nearly twenty years—now in paperback—is a rich reminder to poetry readers of his lasting contribution and his unending ability to puzzle, fascinate, and delight us.
“This new book makes a real contribution. It is wonderful to see the poems printed one to a page, as they have not been since their original book publications. One’s sense of their variety is refreshed. And it is revelatory to come to the poems after reading John N. Serio’s excellent introduction.” —The New York Review of Books
“Serio declares in his Introduction, ‘No other poet I know of has written so elegantly and so persuasively about the significance of poetry in everyday life.’ Until readers have accustomed their ears to Stevens’s music, that sounds as outrageous as claiming Stavinsky’s wild rhythms imitate bird song. But once acclimated to this poet’s melodies and mental games, well-captured in the new selection, they tend to concur.” —The New Leader
“The whole of Stevens is represented here–the plain the fancy the philosophical . . . all the best poems are preserved in this collection.” —James Longenbach, The Nation