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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent selection, 27 Jun. 2013
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This review is from: Selected Poems (Paperback)
This is a wonderful selection. I was new to WS, but bought this for my husband. We have both enjoyed it very much. The poems in this selection are of course similar in voice, but there is a good variety of composition: some short, some very long, etc. Includes 13 ways to look at a blackbird (my favourite so far), a rabbit as king of the ghosts, as well as many others.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ludo: The Gaudy Magnificence of Wally the poet., 5 April 2015
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Mr. G. Morgan "wes" (Haywards Heath, England) - See all my reviews
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All of Stevens' important poems are here: 'Supreme Fiction', 'Key West', 'Sunday Morning', 'Blue Guitar', 'Blackbird', 'Jar', 'Coppery Keen Claws', 'Ice Cream'. They amply demonstrate him a poet like no other whom everyone must try. Insurance salesman by trade ("What, Wally a poet?" exclaimed a managerial colleague on finding out), his poems are hermetic, sonorous and quite beautiful. A philosophical poet by inclination, he is of course not so as a professional philosopher could be: there is no system. He playfully conjures realities into life by wordy fiat, be they mysterious 'The Emperor of Ice Cream" (I scream, Freudians?), 'The Man with the Blue guitar' who is "a shearsman of sorts" and 'The Idea of Order at Key West' which issues in a beautiful verbal music in a which a colourful world is summoned, whimsically into his own quasi-Platonic ideal, built of whimsy in sibillance and internal rhyme, to vanish when the poem is read. Impossible to summarise, hard to characterize, he has no system but can "patch a world quite round"', a world from unsystematic ideas into a series of poems that seem to me species of matchless rhetoric, apropos nothing in this world but like a creation of it. Not so much a poet one likes as loves and, as we know, "a poem must not mean but be" as MacLeish wrote. Brilliant stuff, in the proper sense, the light both illuminates and dazzles. Anyone capable of "Death is the mother of Beauty Madam/Take the moral Law and make a nave of it" has to be worth a try, surely?
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