All of Us: The Collected Poems
"Carver's poetry is like an almost invisible strand of fishing line reeling us all together, connecting us by the heart." --"San Francisco Examiner and Chronicle" This prodigiously rich collection suggests that Raymond Carver was not only America's finest writer of short fiction, but also one of its most large-hearted and affecting poets. Like Carver's stories, the more than 300 poems in All of Us are marked by a keen attention to the physical world; an uncanny ability to compress vast feeling into discreet moments; a voice of conversational intimacy, and an unstinting sympathy. This complete edition brings together all the poems of Carver's five previous books, from Fires to the posthumously published No Heroics, Please. It also contains bibliographical and textual notes on individual poems; a chronology of Carver's life and work; and a moving introduction by Carver's widow, the poet Tess Gallagher.
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Review: All of Us: The Collected PoemsUser Review - Beccamaeb - Goodreads
I've never truly read poetry before. I love this book! Quite an introduction, and I fear no one will ever compare. I found myself calling out through the house as his poems cut right through me! His words are piercing and humbling and I'm afraid they are very very true. Pure, this is! Read full review
Review: All of Us: The Collected PoemsUser Review - Víctor - Goodreads
I cannot add a word to what's already been said around here, I'm just one more of those who cannot think of Carver as a short story writer only —I'd even say I think of him primarily as a poet. Read full review