99 Poems

99 Poems
New & Selected
Dana Gioia

99 Poems: New & Selected serves to reenforce Gioia’s reputation as one of America’s best living poets. Gioia writes in both metered and free verse and has a respect for form that gives his verse a somewhat classic feel. And yet there is also a heartfelt simplicity that keeps his work warm and accessible.”The Christian Science Monitor

“Dana Gioia has brought back to us some of the finest poems of his or any other time.”Chronicles

About the Book

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

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.

Additional Reviews

“Gioia’s 99 Poems: New and Selected can serve as a perfect introduction to his poetic work as a whole, attesting to the range and sophistications of his forms and themes. . . . Gioia is a master, rare in this day and age, of the narrative poem.”Italian Americana