Walking Backwards

Walking Backwards

Poems, 1966-2016

Book - 2018
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Introducing the gifted poet to a new generation of readers, a collection of poems gathers, for the first time, his impressive and award-winning body of work, published between 1966 and 2016.

McMillan Palgrave

Collected poems from America’s searching and thoughtful philosopher-poet

. . . Theres something
Comforting about rituals renewed, even adolescents pipe dreams:
Theyll find out soon enough, and meanwhile find their places
In the eternal scenery, less auguries or cautionary tales

Than parts of an unchanging whole, as ripe for contemplation
As a planisphere or the clouds: the vexed destinies, the shared life,
The sempiternal spectacle of someone preaching to the choir
While walking backwards in the moment on a warm spring afternoon.


John Koethe’s poems—always dynamic and in process, never static or complete—luxuriate in the questions that punctuate the most humdrum of routines, rendering a robust portrait of an individual: complicated, quotidian, and resounding with truth. Gathering for the first time his impressive and award-winning body of work, published between 1966 and 2016, Walking Backwards introduces this gifted poet to a new, wider readership.



Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2018
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780374285791
0374285799
Characteristics: 366 pages ; 24 cm

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