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All of Us: The Collected Poems (original 1996; edition 1996)
by Raymond Carver (Author)
All of Us: The Collected Poems by Raymond Carver (1996)
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Carver is a minimalist, where his words are neither flashy nor eloquent, but his poems, like his stories are succinct with feeling. He speaks of raw hardships with a gruff demeanour and tone, but sentimentality runs through each context from pondering the rain, being driven to madness by a lover, to the finality and cost of a father’s death. You will read through the pages easily—not because the subject is light or fond—but because Carver will not woo you into believing his fantasies, but show you the underbelly of truths you can neither deny nor walk away from.
It isn't easy to rate this collection - the work fell into two categories for me. Many poems were extremely moving while others left me feeling completely indifferent.
This book was included in a list I published for Christmas gifts. I named it one of the best books I had read in 2010. My article and words about this book can be found here:
Pretty much unnoticed masterpiece. I wrote a review that covered this book as well as four others. You can find it here:
This prodigiously rich collection suggests that Raymond Carver was not only America's finest writer of short fiction, but also one of its most large-hearted and affecting poets. Like Carver's stories, the more than 300 poems in All of Us are marked by a keen attention to the physical world; an uncanny ability to compress vast feeling into discreet moments; a voice of conversational intimacy, and an unstinting sympathy. This complete edition brings together all the poems of Carver's five previous books, from Fires to the posthumously published No Heroics, Please. It also contains bibliographical and textual notes on individual poems; a chronology of Carver's life and work; and a moving introduction by Carver's widow, the poet Tess Gallagher.
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)811.54Literature English (North America) American poetry 20th Century 1945-1999
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4.5 stars! ( )