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Ranking the Wishes

Authors: Dennis, Carl
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
BISAC/Subject: POE005010, HIS036060, POE003000
ISBN: 9781101161807, Related ISBNs: 0140587799, 1101161809, 9780140587791, 9781101161807
Classification: Non-Fiction
Number of pages: 96,
Audience: General/trade
Synopsis: In his seventh book, Carl Dennis explores the ways in which our wishes - those in our power to fulfill at any moment and those that have no chance of ever being realized - define who we are. While some of the poems view wishing as a failure to do justice to the world we have, others regard it as a recognition that no present, however rich, can satisfy the imagination, and suggest that one of the functions of poetry is to keep significant wishes alive. In showing with moving clarity how wishes are essential to giving shape and direction to the moment, these poems make use of a rich variety of genres: elegy, advice, meditation, warning, consolation, and prophecy.
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