Endpoint and Other Poems
Overview - A stunning collection of poems that John Updike wrote during the last seven years of his life and put together only weeks before he died for this, his final book. The opening sequence, "Endpoint," is made up of a series of connected poems written on the occasions of his recent birthdays and culminates in his confrontation with his final illness. Read more...
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A stunning collection of poems that John Updike wrote during the last seven years of his life and put together only weeks before he died for this, his final book.
The opening sequence, "Endpoint,"
is made up of a series of connected poems written on the occasions of his recent birthdays and culminates in his confrontation with his final illness. He looks back on the boy that he was, on the family, the small town, the people, and the circumstances that fed his love of writing, and he finds endless delight and solace in "turning the oddities of life into words."
"Other Poems" range from the fanciful (what would it be like to be a stolen Rembrandt painting? he muses) to the celebratory, capturing the flux of life. A section of sonnets follows, some inspired by travels to distant lands, others celebrating the idiosyncrasies of nature in his own backyard.
For John Updike, the writing of poetry was always a special joy, and this final collection is an eloquent and moving testament to the life of this extraordinary writer.
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- ISBN-13: 9780307272867
- ISBN-10: 0307272869
- Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group
- Publish Date: March 2009
- Page Count: 97
- Dimensions: 8.28 x 5.48 x 0.64 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.54 pounds
Books > Poetry > American - General
There are comparisons to be drawn between McClatchy's poems and those of the late John Updike, though the latter had a sometimes derided lighter touch. Endpoint and Other Poems, assembled in the weeks immediately before his death, consists of the last eight years of Updike's verse. In "Requiem," one of the book's last and darkest works, Updike laments that his age dictates that he will not die a prodigy; indeed, indifference or bewilderment that he hadn't already died is more likely to greet his passing. Endpoint's last three poems, however, strike a brighter note, in particular the final work, which celebrates his wife's new vision after a cataract operation on her birthday, offering "A cake of love from your own / John."