All of Us: The Collected Poems

By Raymond Carver

"Carver's poetry is like a nearly invisible strand of fishing line reeling us all jointly, connecting us via the heart." --San Francisco Examiner and Chronicle

This prodigiously wealthy assortment means that Raymond Carver used to be not just America's most interesting author of brief fiction, but in addition one in all its such a lot large-hearted and affecting poets. Like Carver's tales, the greater than three hundred poems in we all are marked by means of a willing cognizance to the actual international; an uncanny skill to compress huge feeling into discreet moments; a voice of conversational intimacy, and an unstinting sympathy.

This whole version brings jointly the entire poems of Carver's 5 prior books, from Fires to the posthumously released No Heroics, Please. It additionally includes bibliographical and textual notes on person poems; a chronology of Carver's lifestyles and paintings; and a relocating advent by means of Carver's widow, the poet Tess Gallagher.

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A remark by way of Tess Gallagher accompanies the poem in Esquire: “This is a fictionalized account in response to the loss of life of a workman’s baby who fell right into a river and drowned. It used to be written within the final months of Ray’s existence and is, in that proximity, elegiac of the lifestyles he knew he used to be wasting. learn this poem aloud and anything else takes hold—Ray’s genius for transmitting sophisticated inflections of emotion, together with humor on the saddest moments. For while a sorrow is simply too relentlessly pursued, we can’t aid ourselves—we snort, fresh ourselves for the toughest truths. The poem’s meditation forces cause so far as it's going to pass until eventually it erodes into unreason, and we’re thrown again upon the human voice, calming its soreness. tale and prose parts are so robust that the boundary among fiction and poetry supplies means. Poetry? Fiction? Who cares. It’s the haunting that issues” (78). 50 SUCH DIAMONDS (CHEKHOV): from “A Nightmare”, The Bishop and different tales, vol. 7 of The stories of Chekhov, trans. Constance Garnett (1919; big apple, big apple: Ecco Press, 1985) seventy two. fifty one get up: 1st in Michigan Quarterly evaluation [Univ. of Michigan] 28. 1 (Winter 1988): 71—2; in Poetry [Chicago, unwell. ] 154. 1 (Apr. 1989): 1—2. 1 Kyborg / Kyburg Poetry 22 And / and, 1st 23 knows—/ understands? 1st 26 Jesu Christo / Jesu Christe Poetry Jesus Christo AUP fifty two WHAT THE surgeon stated: 1st in Granta [London] 25 (Autumn 1988): 162. fifty three LET’S ROAR, YOUR HONOR (CHEKHOV): from “Across Siberia”, The Unknown Chekhov, vol. 14 of The stories of Chekhov, trans. Avrahm Yarmolinsky (1954; ny, long island: Ecco Press, 1987) 270. fifty four inspiration: 1st in Harper’s [New York, big apple] 278. 1666 (Mar. 1989): 32. thirteen oh deadly / Oh deadly 1st 39—40 In Reno, I informed her, it’s marriages and remarriages twenty-four hours an afternoon seven days every week. No 1st fifty five CHERISH: 1st in Hayden’s Ferry evaluation [Arizona country Univ. ] four (Spring 1989): 134. 13—14 of promise, of treasure. My hand on her wrist to convey her shut, her eyes eco-friendly as river-moss. asserting it then, opposed to 1st fifty six GRAVY: 1st in New Yorker [New York, big apple] sixty four. 28 (29 Aug. 1988): 28. fifty seven no use: 1st in Poetry [Chicago, ailing. ] 154. 1 (Apr. 1989): four. fifty eight AFTERGLOW: 1st in New Yorker [New York, new york] sixty five. 10 (24 Apr. 1989): 36; within the Sunday occasions [London] 27 Aug. 1989: G4. identify spelled “After-glow” in copy-text. fifty nine past due FRAGMENT: 1st in Granta [London] 25 (Autumn 1988): 167. followed via Tess Gallagher’s essay “Raymond Carver 1938 to 1988”. Uncollected Poems: No Heroics, Please First variation: London: Harvill, 1991. Foreword through Tess Gallagher. ebook date: Nov. 1991. First American variation: ny, big apple: classic Contemporaries, 1992. booklet date: 24 June 1992. commitment: For Georgia Morris Bond. Georgia Morris Bond is Tess Gallagher’s mom, an established resident of Port Angeles, Washington. Epigraph: From an interview with Raymond Carver, “The artwork of Fiction LXXVI”, by way of Mona Simpson, Paris evaluation [Flushing, big apple] 25. 88 (Summer 1983): 214. Copy-text: First version, first printing, collated and corrected opposed to later variants and printings. series: Chronological order by means of first ebook.

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