The long-awaited fourth collection by one of America's foremost poets
O Lord of indirection and ellipses,
ignore our prayers. Deliver us from distraction.
Slow our heartbeat to a cricket's call.
Pity the Beautiful is Dana Gioia's first new poetry book in over a decade. Its emotional revelations and careful construction are hard won, inventive, and resilient. These new poems show Gioia's craftsmanship at its finest, its most mature, as they make music, crack wise, remember the dead, and in a long, central poem even tell ghost stories.
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...these are tough hard-won poems and they offer little comfort -- they are in the tradition of Eliot's conservatism, in the tradition of stoic restraint.Read Full Review of Pity the Beautiful
But the ones that deliver on deep delight do so hugely... Pity the Beautiful is a shining example.Read Full Review of Pity the Beautiful
Gioia is a man haunted by many pasts, but his dreams, however sorrowful, come to us with a precision of expression that would be welcome in any age.Read Full Review of Pity the Beautiful
Pity the Beautiful retains all that is wonderful about Gioia’s poetry—deep engagement with common life struggles, surprising use of perspective, the use of poetry as both thought piece and narrative.Read Full Review of Pity the Beautiful
...a refreshing read in an age of poetry so experimental that it occasionally feels out of reach.Read Full Review of Pity the Beautiful
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