Pity the Beautiful by Dana Gioia

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5 Critic Reviews

...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.
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Synopsis

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.
  --from “Prophecy” 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.
 

About Dana Gioia

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Dana Gioia is the former chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, and currently serves as the Judge Widney Professor of Poetry and Public Culture at the University of Southern California. He lives in Washington, DC.
 
Published May 8, 2012 by Graywolf Press. 88 pages
Genres: Other, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Huffington Post

Excellent
Reviewed by Carol Muske-Dukes on Jun 23 2012

...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.

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Huffington Post

Excellent
Reviewed by Tamsin Smith on May 22 2012

But the ones that deliver on deep delight do so hugely... Pity the Beautiful is a shining example.

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Philly.com

Excellent
Reviewed by David Rothman on Jul 08 2012

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.

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Englewood Review of Books

Excellent
Reviewed by Ragan Sutterfield on Jun 15 2012

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.

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NewPages Book Reviews

Excellent
Reviewed by Alissa Fleck on Apr 01 2012

...a refreshing read in an age of poetry so experimental that it occasionally feels out of reach.

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