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Awarded Poetry Magazine's Levinson Prize
"Over the years, Raymond Carver has been writing poetry alongside his fiction...and the most vigorous poems in this new collection function as distilled, heightened versions of his stories, offering us fugitive glimpses of ordinary lives on the edge."--Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
"There is a severity of language, an understatement of emotion, that endows the poems of his first major collection with the feel of extraordinary experience. We trust him because of the plainly conversational diction and the lapel-grabbing rhythms...They are very, very memorable."--Poetry