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Callings

Authors: Dennis, Carl
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
BISAC/Subject: POE005010, POE003000, POE023030
ISBN: 9781101462362, Related ISBNs: 0143118382, 1101462361, 9780143118381, 9781101462362
Classification: Non-Fiction
Number of pages: 96,
Audience: General/trade
Synopsis: From the winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the Ruth Lilly Prize

This new collection by acclaimed poet Carl Dennis is about vocation in the largest sense, the work that we believe gives our lives meaning, and the challenges that come in defining such work and in doing it well. The poems approach their subject from a variety of perspectives: a calling may involve a compromise with limitations, or be an expression of individual purpose; if a calling in some poems provides an alternative to the disorder of the world, in others it offers a means to shape the world as we are shaped by it. As the poems speak to each other, they form a dialogue of attitudes that makes room for both frustration and achievement, a dialogue that includes us and takes us beyond ourselves.

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