Different Hours

By Stephen Dunn

Winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.

A clever and swish new assortment by means of one in all our "major, crucial poets" (Sidney Lea). The mysteries of Eros and Thanatos, the obdurate persistence of brain and physique within the face of diminishment--these are the undercurrents of Stephen Dunn's 11th quantity. "I am drawn to exploring the 'different' hours," he says, "not merely of one's existence, but in addition of the bigger historic and philosophical existence past the personal."

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P. cm. ISBN: 978-0-393-32232-3 I. identify. PS3554. U49 D54 2000 811'. 54—dc21 00-030556 W. W. Norton & corporation, Inc. , 500 5th road, big apple, N. Y. 10110 www. wwnorton. com W. W. Norton & corporation Ltd. , 10 Coptic road, London WC1A 1PU for Greg & Lysa CONTENTS Acknowledgments I earlier than THE SKY DARKENS SIXTY EVANESCENCE on the eating place THE dying OF GOD CAPRICCIO ITALIEN outdated canine ODYSSEUS’S mystery WHAT is going ON THEIR DIVORCE puppy climate OPTIMISM ANDROGYNE 0 HOUR THE HOURS II THE get together less complicated occasions OUR mom and dad EMPATHY THE final HOURS good fortune THE SEXUAL REVOLUTION a similar chilly wasting STEPS AFTER up to now assorted HOURS III THE opposite aspect THE OVERT JOHN & MARY paintings RUBBING a religious lady impossible to resist arriving from AN ARTIST’S STUDIO tale vacationing THE grasp IV THE METAPHYSICIANS OF SOUTH JERSEY HIS city one other guy males within the SKY EMPERORS ONE second AND the following within the PINE BARRENS AFTERLIFE CHOKECHERRY NATURE BURYING THE CAT OKLAHOMA urban BACKWATERS PHANTOM A POSTMORTEM consultant ACKNOWLEDGMENTS The Alaska Quarterly: “After” APR: “The loss of life of God,” “Men within the Sky,” “Oklahoma urban” Barrow highway: “A non secular Woman,” “Another guy” The Georgia evaluate: “What is going On,” “A Postmortem Guide,” “At the Restaurant,” “Art,” “Rubbing,” coming back from an Artist’s Studio,” “The Overt,” “Phantom,” “Sixty,” “The opposite Side,” “His Town,” “The Party,” “Losing Steps” eco-friendly Mountains evaluate: “Story” The Kenyon overview: “Before the Sky Darkens,” “The Sexual Revolution” Michigan Quarterly overview: “Their Divorce” the hot Republic: “Irresistible,” “Visiting the grasp” the hot Yorker: “Empathy” Ploughshares: “Evanescence,” “John & Mary,” “So a ways” Poetry: “The Metaphysicians of South Jersey,” “Old Dogs,” “Androgyne,” “Emperors,” “Chokecherry” Prairie Schooner: “Different Hours,” “Nature,” “Simpler Times,” “Our mom and dad” The Southern evaluate: “Backwaters,” “Capriccio Italien,” “Dog Weather,” “Odysseus’s Secret,” “Optimism,” “One second and the following within the Pine Barrens,” “The final Hours,” “The similar chilly” due to my dependable and scrupulous readers Lawrence Raab, Philip sales space, Carol Houck Smith, Greg Djanikian, and my spouse, Lois. And for very important residencies on the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo, in addition to a provide from Richard Stockton collage. what's eloquent is the passing second and the instant that would come after it. —MAURICE BLANCHOT I basically remorse my economies. —REYNOLDS cost I sooner than THE SKY DARKENS Sunsets, incipient storms, the tableaus of melancholy—maybe those are the Saturday night-events to take your top woman to. not less than then there can be moments of vanishing attractiveness ahead of the sky darkens, and the expectancy of happiness could rarely exist and for this reason could be attainable. a growing number of you discover ways to dwell with the unacceptable.

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