The Great Fires: Poems 1982-1992. Jack Gilbert.
The Great Fires: Poems 1982-1992
The Great Fires: Poems 1982-1992
The Great Fires: Poems 1982-1992
The Great Fires: Poems 1982-1992
The Great Fires: Poems 1982-1992

The Great Fires: Poems 1982-1992

ISBN: 0679425764
New York, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 1994. First Edition. Hardcover. Inscribed & signed by Jack Gilbert to Thomas Rain Crowe. "He takes himself away to a place more inward than is safe to go; from that awful silence and tightening, he returns to us poems of savage compassion. Gilbert is the rarest of beings: a necessary poet, who teaches us not only how to live but to die creatively, and with all meaning." (James Dickey, quoted on back cover) A decade's worth of later poems by Jack Gilbert (1925-2012), the great, award-winning American poet with his own inward-looking, severely ascetic yet evocative style. As Gilbert wrote in an essay introducing his contributions to the 1984 anthology Poets of the Golden Gate, "One of the special pleasures in poetry for me is accomplishing a lot with the least means possible." His achievement won him the deep admiration of his peers in the canon of American poetry, as exemplified in back cover blurb quoted above. Hardcover in dust jacket, first edition as stated on copyright page. On the title page, Gilbert has hand-written, signed & dated in year of publication: "For/ NAN/ and/ Thomas/ from/ (signed) Jack Gilbert/ 1994." "Thomas" is Thomas Rain Crowe, the acclaimed poet & publisher who was at the center of the Baby Beat Generation/ Second San Francisco Renaissance during the 1970s (see our book, Starting from San Francisco, item No. 3071, Deluxe Edition No. 3075). "NAN," written with the largest capital letters in this interestingly eccentric inscription, is Crowe's wife. A now-classic, essential Gilbert collectible with rich poet-to-poet association & provenance. Book in very fine condition with only very slight spotting to upper edge of text block, otherwise substantially mint inside & out. Dust jacket unclipped & in very fine condition with only slight rubbing to (appropriately stern) black-backgrounded front, back covers & spine; a bit of wear & a few tiny bumps at edges & corners of same. Very Fine / Very fine. [Item #3588]

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