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Contributor(s): Smith, William Jay (Author)

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ISBN: 0801890640     ISBN-13: 9780801890642
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
OUR PRICE: $36.10  

Binding Type: Hardcover - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: October 2008

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Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Poetry | American - General
Dewey: 811.54
LCCN: 2008013741
Age Level: 22-UP
Grade Level: 17-UP
Series: Johns Hopkins Poetry & Fiction (Hardcover)
Physical Information: 0.5" H x 6" W x 9.3" (0.70 lbs) 83 pages
Features: Illustrated, Table of Contents
Review Citations: Booklist 10/15/2008 pg. 14
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Publisher Description:
William Jay Smith is one of the most respected names in American poetry. This collection of new and previously published poems showcases the late work of this American master.

In the volume's opening cycle, "The Atoll," Smith recalls his career as a young naval officer in the South Pacific during World War II. A later section entitled "The Deer and the Dachshund" evokes his lifelong commitment to witty and satiric verse. Yet another section collects his recent translations of foreign poetry, for which Smith is renowned.

The Dachshund leads a quiet life Not far above the ground: He takes an elongated wife, They travel all around.

They leave the lighted metropole; Nor turn to look behind Upon the headlands of the soul, The tundras of the mind.

They climb together through the dusk To ask the Lost-and-Found For information on the stars Not far above the ground.

The Dachshunds seem to journey on: And following them, ITake up my monocle, the Moon, And gaze into the sky.

Pursuing them with comic art Beyond a cosmic goal, I see the whole within the part, The part within the whole;

See planets wheeling overhead, Mysterious and slow, While morning buckles on his red, And on the Dachshunds go.

Contributor Bio(s): Smith, William Jay: - William Jay Smith served as Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress (a position now called Poet Laureate) from 1968 to 1970. His memoir, Army Brat, was widely acclaimed. A new memoir, Dancing in the Garden: A Bittersweet Love Affair with France, is forthcoming. It deals with his summer as a student in Tours in 1938, on the eve of World War II.
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