Description This dazzling collection by one of our most accomplished and innovative poets follows National Book Award finalist Study for the World's Body.
This book collects poems previously published in limited edition chapbooks and uncollected work. Spanning twenty-five years in St. John's career, the work reflects the progression of a major voice in American letters in poems that pre-date his first collection, Hush, to those that follow the publication of his selected poems in 1994. In earlier poems reflecting the decadence of their times to recent work that embodies the world in which we presently live, St. John's fresh imagery draws the reader into elegant poems that resonate with the mysteries of life.
“Wonderful wit, humor, lyricism, and brightness… Exhibiting harmony of form, excellence of craftsmanship and originality, In the Pines is in every way a beautiful body of work.”
“David St. John’s work has been distinguished from the start by its intimacy and subtlety, and by a disturbing force, the work of an urgent sensibility and a true ear.”-- W. S. Merwin
“It’s not just gorgeous, it is go-for-broke gorgeous . . . made out of sentences, sweeping through and across meticulous verse stanzas, that could have been written, for their velvet and intricate suavity, by Henry James. But that doesn’t quite describe them, since they are also full, almost past ripeness, of a floating, sometimes painful, sometimes wistful, dark, and silvery eroticism.”
— Robert Hass
“Like the films of Godard and Rohmer, David St. John’s poems evoke cryptic encounters in an ultramodern, often European setting. The mood is one of pain, tension, and urgency, but there is finally the experience and the pleasure of what Mr. St. John calls ‘the most graceful of misunderstandings.’”
— John Ashbery
David St. John is the author of many collections of poetry, including Study for the World’s Body: New and Selected Poems, which was a finalist for the National Book Award, as well as Where the Angels Come Toward Us, a volume of essays, interviews, and reviews. He is Chair of the English Department at the University of Southern California and lives in Venice Beach, California.
The New Yorker calls his poetry, "Expressive, gestural, and image laden, St. John's lines fairly hum with the pleasure of their making." W. S. Merwin identifies St. John's work as that of "...an urgent sensibility and a true ear." And John Ashbery writes, "Like the films of Godard and Rohmer, David St. John's poems evoke cryptic encounters in an unltramodern, often European setting. The mood is one of pain, tension, and urgency, but there is finally the experience and pleasure of what Mr. St. John calls 'the most graceful of misunderstandings.'"
176 pages (Paperback)
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