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The Gods of Winter

Dana Gioia
"In his best poems, Gioia rises to the occasion of all great poetry: to immortalize our experience by submitting it to the tests of tradition and inspiration. Anyone who really wants to know the answer to the question, 'Can poetry matter?' will find that The Gods of Winter is full of answers."—Thomas D'Evelyn, The Christian Science Monitor

"In two exquisitely wrought books . . . he has already established himself as a poet with a permanent place in the canon of American poetry."—Robert McPhillips, Verse

"The Gods of Winter is an important book, if only because it exemplifies Gioia's courageously aesthetic approach to poetry—to its language and rhythms. Fortunately for those of us who agree with him, it is also a good book. His poems are limpid, mellifluous, quotable and likely to be loved."—Anne Stevenson, Poetry Wales

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"Through catastrophe or a gradual melting away, change buries all things human and divine, and memory resurrects them only briefly. On these themes, Gioia writes superb poems."—Publishers Weekly

About the Author

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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