Walking Backwards : Poems 1966-2016
by John Koethe


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

. . . There ' s something
Comforting about rituals renewed, even adolescents ' pipe dreams:
They ' ll 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.  Read more...


 
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Overview

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

. . . There's something
Comforting about rituals renewed, even adolescents' pipe dreams:
They'll 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.


 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780374285791
  • ISBN-10: 0374285799
  • Publisher: Farrar Straus and Giroux
  • Publish Date: November 2018
  • Page Count: 384


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