Collected Poems 1943-2004

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9780151011056: Collected Poems 1943-2004

Over the course of his distinguished sixty-year career, Richard Wilbur has written seventeen collections of poetry, four children's books, and numerous works in prose and translations. This comprehensive collection presents Wilbur's poems, including several new and never before published.

In trackless woods, it puzzled me to find
Four great rock maples seemingly aligned,
As if they had been set out in a row
Before some house a century ago,
To edge the property and lend some shade.
I looked to see if ancient wheels had made
Old ruts to which the trees ran parallel,
But there were none, so far as I could tell-
There'd been no roadway. Nor could I find the square
Depression of a cellar anywhere,
And so I tramped on further, to survey
Amazing patterns in a hornbeam spray
Or spirals in a pine cone, under trees
Not subject to our stiff geometries.
-from "In Trackless Woods"

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Published in hardcover by Harcourt, 2004, 0-15-101105-2

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A New York Times Notable Book

"The indispensable Wilbur."--The New York Times Book Review
 
"The work in these 500 or so pages has been one of the saving graces of poetry in our time. Such a volume will see a reader through quiet evenings and noisy Metro commutes, indeed through one's whole life."--The Washington Post Book World

"Collected Poems may well contain the most distinguished body of work by any American poet writing in the second half of the 20th century." – The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"[Wilbur] should be read in the company of Robert Frost and Wallace Stevens." -- Harold Bloom

 
Richard Wilbur, poet and translator, is one of the preeminent men of letters of our time. He has served as poet laureate of the United States and his many other honors include a National Book Award, two Pulitzer Prizes, and the Bollingen Translation Prize. Wilbur lives in Cummington, Massachusetts, and Key West, Florida.

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