(Audiobook) Lucky Life by Gerald Stern – 9780887482076

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    Lucky Life
    by Gerald Stern

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    • ISBN: 9780887482076 (0887482074)
    • Language: english
    • Awards: James Laughlin Award (1977), National Book Critics Circle Award Nominee for Poetry (1977)
    • Release date: August 1, 1997
    • Author: Gerald Stern
    • Publisher: Carnegie-Mellon University Press
    • Genres: poetry
    • Format: paperback, 88 pages

    About The Book

    This Lamont Prize-winning book offers all the joy, sadness, humor, beauty, and song that typically characterizes the work of the well-respected but unfortunately lesser-known American poet Gerald Stern. Stern, who has been writing since the 1960s, made a name for himself in 1977 with the publication of Lucky Life, now his most renowned collection.

    In Lucky Life Stern takes the reader on a journey, pausing everywhere from the streets of New York to post-Holocaust Germany to the soil of a lobelia plant. In an intimate and mature voice, he shares with us the lineage of his ancestors; his personal relationships; and bits of art, music, history — even the neighbors he chats with on the beach. His style is Whitmanesque, urging us to «listen a little for the spongy world» after it has rained, and reminding us how to «understand the power of maples.»

    Reading Stern’s poetry is like listening to the words of a loving grandparent who has been through his or her share of painful experiences but has come to terms with them through wisdom gained from a long life. Stern offers several reasons for surviving in this often senseless world, but one of the most outstanding is found in the title poem: «Lucky you can be purified over and over again. / Lucky there is the same cleanliness for everyone.»

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