Practical Gods by Carl Dennis
(Poets, Penguin)

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Winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.Practical Gods is the eighth collection by Carl Dennis, a critically acclaimed poet and recent winner of one of the most prestigious poetry awards, the Ruth Lilly Prize. Carl Dennis has won acclaim for "wise, original, and often deeply moving" poems that "ease the reader out of accustomed modes of seeing and perceiving" (The New York Times). Many of the poems in this new book involve an attempt to enter into dialogue with pagan and biblical perspectives, to throw light on ordinary experience through metaphor borrowed from religious myth and to translate religious myth into secular terms. While making no claims to put us in touch with some ultimate reality, these clear, precise, sensitive poems help us to pay homage to the everyday household gods that are easy to ignore, the gods that sustain life and make it rewarding.


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Carl Dennis has published eight books of poetry. In 2001 the Modern Poetry Association awarded him the Ruth Lilly Prize, one of the most prestigious literary awards in the English language. Dennis teaches literature and writing at the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Published October 1, 2001 by Penguin Books. 77 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

It's a daring poem that displays mastery of a finely balanced, light tone, without which these poems, with their big topics -- gods and the soul -- would fall from sheer weight.

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