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The Collected Poems and Selected Prose

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The Collected Poems and Selected Prose

By Stanley Burnshaw

Foreword by Thomas F. Staley

The first collection of Stanley Burnshaw's poetry, plus a broad overview of his prose writing.

2002

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6 x 9 | 503 pp. | 7 illustrations

ISBN: 978-0-292-72651-2

Stanley Burnshaw began to publish poems in the 1920s and founded his own verse journal in 1925. After serving as coeditor and drama critic of the New Masses weekly (1934-1936), he entered book publishing, directing the Dryden Press until 1958, when he joined Henry Holt. The first of his nineteen earlier works, André Spire and His Poetry, appeared in 1934 and the last in 1990, A Stanley Burnshaw Reader, with an introduction by Denis Donoghue.

The present volume—the definitive Burnshaw collection—offers all the poems he wishes to preserve and a full representation of his prose, including My Friend, My Father in its entirety. The Collected Poems and Selected Prose is vital reading for anyone wishing to be fully acquainted with the man whom Karl Shapiro called "one of the best-respected men of letters of our time."

  • Foreword by Thomas F. Staley
  • Early and Late Testament (1952)
    • Early and Late Testament
      • (Preamble)
        • Time of Brightness
      • (First Testament)
        • Bread
      • (Second Testament)
        • The Iron Lands
        • Do I Know Their Names?
        • For a Workers' Road-Song
        • All Day the Chill...
        • Will You Remake These Worlds?
      • (Third Testament)
        • A Coil of Glass (I)
        • Anchorage in Time (I)
      • (Fourth Testament)
        • This War Is Love
        • A Coil of Glass (II)
        • Hero Statues
      • (Fifth Testament)
        • Dialogue of the Heartbeat
        • The Bridge
        • Heartbeat Obbligato
        • End of the Flower-World
      • (Sixth Testament)
        • Looking for Papa
        • Among Trees of Light
        • Coasts of Darkness
        • In Strength of Singleness
      • (Seventh Testament)
        • Blood
        • It Was Never This Quiet...
        • When Was It Lost?
        • Woodpecker
        • Voices in Dearness...
        • Song Aspires to Silence
        • Anchorage in Time (II)
      • (Eighth Testament)
        • Two Men Fell in the Irish Sea
    • Poetry: The Art
    • Odes and Lyrics
      • To a Young Girl Sleeping
      • Innocence
      • Wave
      • Event in a Field
      • The Fear
      • Light Outlives All Shape
      • Midnight: Deserted Pavements
      • Random Pieces of a Man
      • Waiting in Winter
      • Outcast of the Waters
      • Restful Ground
      • Days
      • Driving Song
      • Willowy Wind
    • The Hollow River
    • Second-Hand Poems
      • Anonymous Alba: En un vergier soiz folha d'albespi
      • Orléans: Le temps a laissié...
      • Spire: Nudités
      • Spire: Ce n'est pas toi...
      • Spire: Nativité
      • Spire: Un parfum éternel...
      • Spire: Baisers
      • Spire: Friselis
      • Spire: Volupté
  • Caged in an Animal's Mind (1963)
    • Thoughts about a Garden
      • Historical Song of Then and Now
      • Summer
      • Ravel and Bind
      • Caged in an Animal's Mind
      • Ancient of Nights
      • Symbol Curse
      • The Valley Between
      • Thoughts about a Garden
      • Petitioner Dogs
      • Father-Stones
      • Night of the Canyon Sun
      • A Recurring Vision
      • Midnight Wind to the Tossed
    • The Axe of Eden
    • Listen:
    • Random Pieces of a Man
      • Thoughts of the War and My Daughter
      • A River
      • Surface
      • Preparation for Self-Portrait in Black Stone
      • Mornings of St. Croix
      • Boy over a Stream
      • Letter from One Who Could Not Cross the Frontier
      • Voyage: Journal Entry
      • Nightmare in a Workshop
      • Seven
      • Clay
      • A Rose Song
      • Guide's Speech on a Road near Delphi
      • Song of Nothings: In the Mountain's Shadow at Delphi
      • I Think among Blank Walls
      • Seedling Air
      • Three in Throes
      • Modes of Belief
      • House in St. Petersburg
    • Time Is a Double Line
    • Second-Hand Poems
      • Akhmatova: The Muse
      • George: Denk nicht zu viel...
      • Éluard: L'Amoureuse
      • Von Hofmannsthal: Eigene Sprache
      • Alberti: El ángel bueno
  • In the Terrified Radiance (1972)
    • The Terrified Radiance
      • The Terrified Radiance
      • To a Crow
      • Innocent War
      • Gulls...
      • Central Park: Midwinter
      • The Finding Light
      • Erstwhile Hunter
      • Their Singing River (I)
      • Not to Bereave...
      • Underbreathing Song
      • Emptiness...
      • Procreations
    • Women and Men
      • Movie Poster on a Subway Wall
      • End of a Visit
      • The Echoing Shape
      • Summer Morning Train to the City
      • Women and Men
      • Terah
      • Isaac
      • Talmudist
      • What Plato Was
      • Song of Succession
      • En l'an...
      • Dialogue of the Stone Other
      • In the Coastal Cities
      • Will of Choice
      • Chanson Innocente
      • The Rock
      • Condor Festival
    • Three Friends
      • We Brought You Away As Before...
      • Friend across the Ocean
      • Wildness
    • The Hero of Silence
      • I. Dedication: An Eternity of Words
      • II. Master and Pupils
      • III. Soliloquy from a Window: Man and Flowers
      • IV. Dialogue before Waking
      • V. Fume
      • VI. Into the Blond Torrent
      • VII. The Waking
    • Second-Hand Poems
      • Paz: Más allá del amor
      • Spire: Retour des Martinets
      • Alberti: Canción del ángel sin suerte
      • Alberti: El ángel mentiroso
      • Verhaeren: La Bêche
      • Akhmatova: from "The White Flock"
      • Unamuno: Me destierro...
  • Mirages: Travel Notes in the Promised Land (1977)
    • I. First Landscape
    • II. Generations of Terror
    • III. Blind Tale
    • IV. Seventh-day Mirage
    • V. The Rock
    • VI. Talmudist
    • VII. Marching Song
    • VIII. Choices
  • Later Poems (1977- )
    • Message to Someone Four Hundred Nights Away
    • The House Hollow
    • Argon
    • Florida Seaside
    • Old Enough at Last to Be Unsolemn
    • Mind, If You Mourn at All
    • To Wake Each Dawn
    • Their Singing River (II)
    • Speech, the Thinking-Miracle
    • Man on a Greensward
  • Social Poems of the Depression (from The New Masses and The Iron Land [1936])
    • The Crane-Driver
    • Street Song: New Style
    • I, Jim Rogers
    • Mr. Tubbe's Morning Service
  • Notes on the Poems
  • Selected Prose
    • My Friend, My Father
    • Stevens' "Mr. Burnshaw and the Statue"
    • The Poem Itself: "Discussing Poems into English"
    • Thomas Mann Translates "Tonio Kröger"
    • A Future for Poetry: Planetary Maturity
    • The Seamless Web
    • Toward the "Knowable" Frost
  • Index of Poem Titles and First Lines

Stanley Burnshaw has received many honors, including an award for creative writing from the National Institute of Arts and Letters, honorary degrees from the City University of New York and Hebrew Union College, and a "Special Stanley Burnshaw Issue" of Agenda (London). He divides his time between Martha's Vineyard and Key Biscayne.

"Stanley Burnshaw has played an active role on the literary scene since the late 1920s in many capacities—poet, critic, editor-publisher, fiction writer, memoirist, translator, anthologist, and theorist of poetry and translation. Besides collecting most of his poems for the first time, something which has long been overdue, this book gives a broad overview of his prose writing, including the whole last section of his biography/memoir of Robert Frost; a key chapter from his classic work of poetic theory, The Seamless Web; the definitive last word on his controversy with Wallace Stevens; and the whole text of his superb memoir/novella, My Friend, My Father. These are pieces that will never go out of fashion.

As a poet, Burnshaw is a meticulous craftsman with a fine ear and a considerable lyric gift. The first section, Early and Late Testament, is not his strongest, but there are many fine poems here. Caged in an Animal's Mind (1963) and In the Terrified Radiance (1972) show Burnshaw at the peak of his powers as a poet, breaking through to an essential clarity and simplicity, as do some of the last poems. Burnshaw, now in his nineties, has made numerous small revisions in poems all through the book, and every single one of them is an improvement, [which] shows what a conscious craftsman and creative student of verse he remains.

In sum, this book not only fills out the historical record of an important and enduring literary career, but also offers a wonderful range of good reading in both prose and poetry—in short, a living body of work."

—Morris Dickstein, Distinguished Professor of English and Senior Fellow, Center for the Humanities, Graduate Center of the City University of New York