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99 Poems

New & Selected
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Dana Gioia
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So much of what we live goes on inside—
The diaries of grief, the tongue-tied aches
Of unacknowledged love are no less real
For having passed unsaid. What we conceal
Is always more than what we dare confide.
Think of the letters that we write our dead.

—from “Unsaid”
Dana Gioia has long been celebrated as a poet of sharp intelligence and brooding emotion with an ingenious command of his craft. 99 Poems: New & Selected gathers for the first time work from across his career, including many remarkable new poems. Gioia has not arranged this selection chronologically, but instead has organized it by theme in seven sections: mystery, place, remembrance, imagination, stories, songs, and love. The result is a book that reveals and renews the pleasures, consolations, and sense of wonder that poetry bestows.

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Now in paperback, a major career retrospective by the California Poet Laureate, Dana Gioia

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Dana  Gioia
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Dana Gioia is an award-winning poet and critic. He has published five celebrated volumes of poetry, including 99 Poems: New & Selected, and three critical collections. For six years he served as Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. He is now the Judge Widney Professor of Poetry and Public Culture at the University of Southern California. He is the Poet Laureate of California.
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  • “There is immense variety in these poems, but they all have in common flawless lyricism and graceful sentiment.”The Philadelphia Inquirer
  • “Virtually [every poem] here resounds, like the work of another elegantly musical poet whose corpus bulks little larger than Gioia's—A. E. Housman.”Booklist, starred review
  • “Readers searching for classically styled poetry that is unflinchingly sincere and honest will find what they need in the voice of this master poet.”Publishers Weekly
  • “Serves to reinforce Gioia’s reputation as one of America’s best living poets.”The Christian Science Monitor
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