Night school

Carl Dennis

Book - 2018

"The poems in Carl Dennis's thirteenth collection are informed by an engagement with a world not fully accessible to the light of day, a world that can only be known with help from the imagination, whether we focus on ourselves, on people close at hand, or on the larger society. Only if we imagine alternatives to our present selves, Dennis suggests, can we begin to grasp who we are. Only if we imagine what is hidden from us about the lives of others can those lives begin to seem whole.... Only if we can conceive of a social world different from the one we seem to inhabit can we begin to make sense of the country we call our own. To read these poems is to find ourselves invited into a dialogue between what is present and what is absent that proves surprising and enlarging"--

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Penguin poets.
New York, New York : Penguin Books [2018]
Physical Description
xii, 88 pages ; 23 cm
Main Author
Carl Dennis (author)
  • I.
  • A stand of cottonwood
  • Fast food
  • Bad days, good days
  • Know yourself
  • Joseph's work
  • Blind guest
  • Two lives
  • In the woods
  • To earth
  • An actress
  • My defender
  • II.
  • Table
  • A proposal
  • Clippers
  • Power
  • A friend and a book
  • A history of nagging
  • In the moment
  • Not description
  • A letter
  • A typescript
  • At the graveyard
  • Emily's birthday
  • III.
  • On the beach
  • Crosstown bus
  • To the people of 2060
  • Favorite god
  • A traveler from Altruria
  • When
  • Doe
  • Nothing
  • Wallace Siner
  • Tents and houses
  • Hunters
  • Evening with Washington
  • IV.
  • Finding Thoreau
  • Mrs. Gottlieb's course in world literature
  • Help from an old critic
  • At Emily Dickinson's house
  • Babel
  • On the radio
  • Another Horatio
  • Old composer
  • To Whitman
  • A landscape
  • Old story.