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Refusing Heaven

More than a decade after Jack Gilbert’s The Great Fires, this highly anticipated new collection shows the continued development of a poet who has remained fierce in his avoidance of the beaten path. In Refusing Heaven, Gilbert writes compellingly about the commingled passion, loneliness, and sometimes surprising happiness of a life spent in luminous understanding of his own blessings and shortcomi...

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Print Length: 112 pages
Publisher: Knopf; Reprint edition (March 31, 2009)
Publication Date: April 2, 2009
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Language: English
ASIN: B000SEI456
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“After the first reading of Jack Gilbert's newest collection, I put it up upon my shelf, grabbed another beer, and said, "That wasn't bad." I had no expectations going in, as I remain unfamiliar with the poet's other work. However, the 87 poems in t...”

gs: “The days and nights wasted . . . Long hot afternoons / watching ants while the cicadas railed / in the Chinese elm about the brevity of life.” Time slows down in these poems, as Gilbert creates an aura of curiosity and wonder at the fact of existence itself. Despite powerful intermittent griefs–over the women he has parted from or the one lost to cancer (an experience he captures with intimate precision)–Gilbert’s choice in this volume is to “refuse heaven.” He prefers this life, with its struggle and alienation and delight, to any paradise. His work is both a rebellious assertion of the call to clarity and a profound affirmation of the world in all its aspects. It braces the reader in its humanity and heart.From the Hardcover edition.