Different Hours by Stephen Dunn
Poems

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Winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.


A wise and graceful new collection by one of our "major, indispensable poets" (Sidney Lea). The mysteries of Eros and Thanatos, the stubborn endurance of mind and body in the face of diminishment--these are the undercurrents of Stephen Dunn's eleventh volume. "I am interested in exploring the 'different' hours," he says, "not only of one's life, but also of the larger historical and philosophical life beyond the personal."
 

About Stephen Dunn

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Stephen Dunn is the author of seventeen poetry collections, including What Goes On: New and Selected Poems 1995–2009 and, most recently, Here and Now. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his collection Different Hours. He has also been a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and has received an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. A Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Richard Stockton College, he lives in Frostburg, Maryland, with his wife, the writer Barbara Hurd.
 
Published October 4, 2010 by W. W. Norton & Company. 122 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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This sensitive 11th book from Dunn (Loosestrife) largely sticks to familiar territory: in one central poem, a master advises the speaker to Use what's lying around the house./ Make it simple and

Oct 02 2000 | Read Full Review of Different Hours: Poems

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/ My friends were perfect, perfect.'' Whatever Dunn describes, his subject is the ambiguity of human relations, the way our inner and outer worlds intersect like a magician's linking rings -- and the struggle to reconcile knowing how the trick is done with marveling at its mystery.

Aug 19 2001 | Read Full Review of Different Hours: Poems

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This sensitive 11th book from Dunn (Loosestrife) largely sticks to familiar territory: in one central poem, a ""master"" advises the speaker to ""Use what's lying around the house./ Make it simple and sad."" Dunn follows that advice unwaveringly: his short lyrics in conversational language addres...

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The poet sees what this beneficence promises: “a life/ of selling snacks, talking snack strategy,/ thinking snack thoughts.” Like most of our best poets and more than some, Dunn isn’t easy to classify.

Jul 08 2001 | Read Full Review of Different Hours: Poems

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