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Title:
Selves : new poems
Author:
Booth, Philip, 1925-2007.
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Publication Information:
New York : Viking, 1990.
Physical Description:
x, 75 pages ; 23 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780670830558
Format :
Book

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Booklist Review

In his eighth collection, Booth offers a crystalline view of a landscape and a people--rural New England and its residents--that become, in the course of the book, representative not only of Booth and his part of the country but of all Americans and the entire U.S. Booth's chief talents are his ability to observe objectively and to capture on the page the cadences of contemporary speech. In "Game," for example, a hockey game and the between-period comments by "boys at the urinals" work in tandem to reveal subtly and occasionally humorously the poet's disgust over "our innate violence." Similarly, in "Old," the theme of aging unfolds, then folds back onto itself, only to unfold over and over in the manner of dialogue. What is revealed, finally, is the irony of aging: "they have aged again / to be children: / beyond control, they have gained / control." A powerful new collection by a top-notch poet. --Jim Elledge


Publisher's Weekly Review

Booth's eighth poetry collection, with its evocations of compassion, tenderness and invading darkness, implies that redemption will come only from having loved well and wisely. PW remarked, ``Booth is a traveler keenly, almost mystically, aware that `how you get there is where you'll arrive.' '' (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Library Journal Review

This eighth collection by a prize-winning American poet features contemplative poems born of the observant patience of North country life. The best are based on concrete observation: the violence of a small-town high school sporting event, the missing man whose canoe is found but who may well have devised a neat exit from one life into another. Booth's strength is that he speaks of significant issues like the ultimate privacy of suffering, the painful hidden destruction of relationships, the coming of aging and death. Though his often prosaic and abstract language can take on a sameness that seems cloistered, Booth's unwillingness to let description stand as a poem, insistence on theme, and compassion and wonder for the ``depths we can't sound/lives for which there is no safe passage'' make this a collection many libraries may want to order.-- Bettina Drew, City Coll., CUNY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.