"Mindful that the world is fragile and essentially subjective, Dunn has molded our eyes to accommodate what's out there."—Miami Herald"Beauty isn't nice. Beauty isn't fair..." So, in part, states an epigraph for this stunning new collection, his thirteenth, by the Pulitzer Prize winner for Poetry (2000). First traversing betrayal and loss, Stephen Dunn then moves to speak of new love, with its attendant pleasures and questioning. The title poem, perhaps emblematic of the book as a whole, is evocative of beauty's often surprising manifestations—even in the light of tragedy—as on that terrible day "when those silver planes came out of the perfect blue."
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In the latter part of the book, Dunn seems to cast about for larger themes, and in a few unfortunate poems tries politics, indulging in comments such as: ""Ground zero, is it possible to get lower?"" The poems feel sad, small and wholly out of touch with the broader world, because there is no nec...| Read Full Review of The Insistence of Beauty: Poems