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Book Title: New And Selected Poems|
The author of the book: Donald Justice
ISBN 13: 9780679765981
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 617 KB
Date of issue: April 1st 1997
Read full description of the books New And Selected Poems:In "American Scene," one of his several homages to Henry James, Justice envisions the "Master" in a California hotel, "brooding on the continent he has crossed." Justice has recently crossed the divide into retirement from a teaching career that produced at least two generations of poets; many think of Justice as the Master whose scrutinizing shadow continues "falling / Beautifully down the pages of [their] calling." But to read this collection is to discover more than one Justice, each an object lesson in a particular type of mastery. The material of his earliest poems--childhood, loss, music, mothers and fathers, the Depression, friends, and the South--isn't appreciably different from that found in the fifteen new works opening this latest volume. What changes over three and a half decades is a gradual enlargement and exactitude of tone and scope, and an increasing use of dissonance.
For example, to write a villanelle about the obsessive limbo inhabited by women in love, as Justice did in his first book, THE SUMMER ANNIVERSARIES (1960). is an astute but hardly surprising use of the form; "In Memory of the Unknown Poet, Robert Boardman Vaughn," a villanelle from the last decade and one of this century's best, Justice abrades the elegant repetitions with urban images of "toppled ashcans" and drunken ambulations "between St. Mark's Place and the Bowery." Those who characterize--even criticize--Justice for his supposed "minimalism" are missing the point: technical and emotional amplitude aren't necessarily connected with length, but with, paradoxically enough, a capacity for selflessness. Justice's humility before his subjects has been perfected into a craft expansive enough to be not only guided, but cross-bred, by the occasion of each poem as it comes to assume its final shape. For an age that confuses inclusivity with chubbiness, no more urgent, or masterful, lesson seems possible.
(ANTIOCH REVIEW, 1996)
Read information about the authorDonald Justice was an American poet and teacher of writing. He graduated from the University of Miami and went on to teach for many years at Iowa Writers' Workshop, the nation's first graduate program in creative writing. Some of his students there included Mark Strand, Charles Wright, Will Schmitz and Jorie Graham. He also taught at Syracuse University, the University of California at Irvine, Princeton University, the University of Virginia, and the University of Florida in Gainesville.
Justice published thirteen collections of his poetry. The first collection, The Summer Anniversaries, was the winner of the Lamont Poetry Prize given by the Academy of American Poets in 1961; Selected Poems won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1980. He was awarded the Bollingen Prize in Poetry in 1991, and the Lannan Literary Award for Poetry in 1996.
His honors also included grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. He was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets from 1997 to 2003. His Collected Poems was nominated for the National Book Award in 2004. Justice was also a National Book Award Finalist in 1961, 1974, and 1995.
Of Justice as teacher, his student and later colleague Marvin Bell said in a eulogy, “As a teacher, Don chose always to be on the side of the poem, defending it from half-baked attacks by students anxious to defend their own turf. While he had firm preferences in private, as a teacher Don defended all turfs. He had little use for poetic theory.”
Of Justice's accomplishments as a poet, his former student, the poet and critic Tad Richards, noted that, "Donald Justice is likely to be remembered as a poet who gave his age a quiet but compelling insight into loss and distance, and who set a standard for craftsmanship, attention to detail, and subtleties of rhythm."
Justice's work was the subject of the 1998 volume Certain Solitudes: On The Poetry of Donald Justice, which is a collection of essays edited by Dana Gioia and William Logan.
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