The Great Wheel

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W.W. Norton, 1996 - Poetry - 61 pages
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Here, in his fifth book, Paul Mariani uses the trope of the wheel to chart the kinds of losses we all face in living: deaths and separations, lost loves, lost friends, lost happiness. The wheel of fortune, a ferris wheel ridden with a friend now dead, Dante's paradisal wheel, the wheel of the morning sun, by turns call up Hart Crane and Wilfrid Owen, Stevens and Williams, Whitman and Hopkins.

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Perhaps better known for his first-rate critical and biographical studies of such writers as William Carlos Williams, Robert Lowell, and Gerard Manley Hopkins than for his poems, Mariani (Salvage ... Read full review

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Poet, scholar, essayist, critic, Paul Mariani is the author of many books, including William Carlos Williams and The Great Wheel. He teaches at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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