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Refusing heaven : poems / by Jack Gilbert
Bib ID 3663633
Format BookBook
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Gilbert, Jack, 1925-
 
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Edition 1st ed. 
Description New York : Knopf, 2006 
x, 92 p. ; 23 cm. 
ISBN 1400043654
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"In Refusing Heaven, Jack Gilbert writes about the commingled passion, loneliness, and sometimes surprising happiness of a life spent in luminous understanding of his own blessings and shortcomings. "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."--BOOK JACKET.

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