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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Carver is a minimalist, where his words are neither flashy nor eloquent, but his poems, like his stories are succinct with feeling. He speaks of raw hardships with a gruff demeanour and tone, but ... Read full review
This book has always been special to me. Raymond Carver is a beautiful mix between Hemmingway and...no one else alive. This book brings together four separate volumes of poetry along with uncollected ... Read full review