The Collected Poems
The Collected Poems reveals, throughout, the accumulated variety of Reynolds Price's years as a poet -- the thematic breadth, formal steadiness, narrative vitality, and intense lyricism that have marked his work from the start. It is a landmark in a creative life that now includes more than thirty books -- poems, novels, plays, essays, translations -- and in the span of contemporary American verse.
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THE DREAM OF A HOUSE
There seems no question the house is mine.
I'm told it first at the start of the tour --
"This is yours, understand. Meant for you.
Permanent." I nod gratitude,
Containing the flower of joy in my mouth --
I knew it would come if I waited, in time.
It's now all round me -- and I catalog blessings
Tangible as babies: the floors wide teak
Boards perfectly joined, the walls dove plaster.
At either end a single picture,
Neither a copy -- Piero's Nativity
With angel glee-club, Vermeer's...
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