Sally's Hair


by John Koethe

On Sale: 03/27/2007

Sally's Hair


by John Koethe

On Sale: 03/27/2007


About the Book

Let me stay there for a while, while evening

Gathers in the sky and daylight lingers on the hills.

There's something in the air, something I can't quite see,

Hiding behind this stock of images, this language

Culled from all the poems I've ever loved.

John Koethe's remarkable gift to readers is an elegiac poetry that explores the transitory nature of ordinary human experience. The beautiful poems in this new collection celebrate the creative power of human beings, the only weapon we possess against time's relentless "slow approach to anonymity and death."

Of all Koethe's books, SALLY'S HAIR is probably his most human and various. He is well known for his meditative lyrics and this volume begins with a brilliant series of such poems, among them "Eros and the Everyday." This is followed by "The Unlasting," a long poem devoted to time and experience, and a third section comprised of more public poems, some of them political, such as "The Maquiladoras" and "Poetry and the War." This perceptive, luminescent collection concludes with a group of vivid and conversational poems, recollections, including the gems "Proust" and "HAMLET."

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Critical Praise

“Brooding, philosophical ruminations . . . Passionate, lyrical poems of great energy and provocative ideas.” - Entertainment Weekly

“Powerful and intimate.” - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

“A highly readable book, appealing... and compelling in the rigor of its inquiry into the human condition .” - Boston Review

“Koethe continues his reign as one of America’s most contemplative poets... The whole collection strikes a delicate and surprising balance.” - Booklist

“Koethe sounds like nobody else, and SALLY’S HAIR is his best book...his most intimate and his most worldly.” - James Longenbach

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780061176272
  • ISBN 10: 0061176273
  • Imprint: Harper Perennial
  • On Sale: 03/27/2007
  • Pages: 96
  • List Price:18.50 CAD
  • BISAC1 : POETRY / General

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