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The Palm at the End of the Mind: Selected Poems and a Play (1971)

by Wallace Stevens, Holly Stevens (Editor)

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This selection of works by Wallace Stevens--the man Harold Bloom has called "the best and most representative American poet"--was first published in 1967. Edited by the poet's daughter Holly Stevens, it contains all the major long poems and sequences, and every shorter poem of lasting value in Stevens' career, including some not printed in his earlier Collected Works. Included also is a short play by Stevens, "Bowl, Cat and Broomstick."… (more)
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Wallace Stevens has been an important part of my life since I first read my dad's copy of his Collected Poems when I was sixteen... Twenty years later and I always have The Palm at the End of the Mind on my Reading Shelf and read a poem or two at least once every few months... Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird is one of my favorite pieces of writing.Definitely in my Top Ten Poets: Wallace Stevens, Leonard Cohen, ee cummings, Dylan Thomas, Ginsberg, TS Elliot, Rilke, Robert Browning, Joan Keats, Tennyson ( )
  uh8myzen | Apr 17, 2011 |
Stevens is one of the most important poets of the 20th century. This is a wonderful collection. It deserves to be read. ( )
  Fledgist | Nov 22, 2007 |
Wallace Stevens has some brilliant poems, so I snatched this up when I saw it for fifty cents. Stevens has a tendency to break poems down into pieces making mini poems and big poems that play off each other brilliantly. Stevens' best poem- "13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird." ( )
  the1butterfly | Nov 18, 2007 |
This collection, while not as definitive as The Collected Poetry, includes all the major longer poems and many important shorter poems of critical value. Arranged in chronological order by probable date of composition this text provides the reader the possiblility of considering the overall arc of Stevens' career. I find myself dipping into the poems included here time and again and it is difficult to pull myself away. THe thoughtful consideration of art and meaning in life is seldom conveyed any better than in the poetry of Wallace Stevens. ( )
1 vote jwhenderson | Oct 19, 2007 |
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The palm at the end of the mind, beyond the last thought, rises in the bronze decor . . . -- Of Mere Being
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This selection of works by Wallace Stevens--the man Harold Bloom has called "the best and most representative American poet"--was first published in 1967. Edited by the poet's daughter Holly Stevens, it contains all the major long poems and sequences, and every shorter poem of lasting value in Stevens' career, including some not printed in his earlier Collected Works. Included also is a short play by Stevens, "Bowl, Cat and Broomstick."

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