Walking Backwards: Poems 1966-2016

Walking Backwards: Poems 1966-2016

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Author/Contributor(s): Koethe, John
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Date: 01/07/2020
Binding: Paperback
Condition: NEW

Collected poems from America's searching and thoughtful philosopher-poet

. . . There's something
Comforting about rituals renewed, even adolescents
' pipe dreams:
They
'll find out soon enough, and meanwhile find their places
In the eternal scenery, less auguries or cautionary tales

Than parts of an unchanging whole, as ripe for contemplation
As a planisphere or the clouds: the vexed destinies, the shared life,
The sempiternal spectacle of someone preaching to the choir
While walking backwards in the moment on a warm spring afternoon.

John Koethe's poems--always dynamic and in process, never static or complete--luxuriate in the questions that punctuate the most humdrum of routines, rendering a robust portrait of an individual: complicated, quotidian, and resounding with truth. Gathering for the first time his impressive and award-winning body of work, published between 1966 and 2016, Walking Backwards introduces this gifted poet to a new, wider readership.