Caribou: Poems (Paperback)
Any or all of these new poetry collections from the three great American poets- Charles Wright, Louise Gluck, & W.S. Merwin- would make a lovely, mindful gift for an aspiring poet or anyone else who admires meditative poetry, opening from the natural world & rising to the transcendental.
Gluck's book won the National Book Award for poetry this year (2014), and Wright & Merwin are equally contenders. Sample & see...
A powerfully moving meditation on life and the beyond, from one of our finest American poets
Charles Wright's truth--the truth of nature, of man's yearning for the divine, of aging--is at the heart of the renowned poet's latest collection, Caribou. This is an elegy to transient beauty, a song for the "stepchild hour, / belonging to neither the light nor dark, / The hour of disappearing things," and an expression of Wright's restless questing for a reality beyond the one before our eyes ("We are all going into a world of dark . . . It's okay. That's where the secrets are, / The big ones, the ones too tall to tell"). Caribou's strength is in its quiet, wry profundity.
"It's good to be here," Wright tells us. "It's good to be where the world's quiescent, and reminiscent." And to be here--in the pages of this stirring collection--is more than good; Caribou is another remarkable gift from the poet around whose influence "the whole world seems to orbit in a kind of meditative, slow circle" (Poetry).
About the Author
Charles Wright is the United States Poet Laureate. His poetry collections include Country Music, Black Zodiac, Chickamauga, Bye-and-Bye: Selected Later Poems, Sestets, and Caribou. He is a winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the National Book Award, the Griffin Poetry Prize, and the 2013 Bollingen Prize for American Poetry. Born in Pickwick Dam, Tennessee in 1935, he currently lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.