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About the Author

Poet and critic Hayden Carruth was born in Waterbury, Connecticut in 1921. He received a bachelor's degree from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill in 1943 and a master's degree from the University of Chicago in 1948. His first poetry collection, The Crow and the Heart, was published in mostrar mais 1959. He wrote about 30 books of poetry throughout his lifetime that addressed a wide range of subjects including madness, loneliness, death, and fragility of the natural world. Scrambled Eggs and Whiskey won the National Book Award for poetry in 1996. He also wrote a novel entitled Appendix A. He was the poetry editor of Harper's from 1977 to 1983 and the advisory editor for The Hudson Review from 1971 until his death on September 29, 2008 at the age of 87. (Bowker Author Biography) Monumental book and winner of National Book Critics Circle Award. (Publisher Provided) mostrar menos
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Obras por Hayden Carruth

Collected Shorter Poems, 1946-1991 (1992) 106 exemplares
The Sleeping Beauty (1980) 51 exemplares
Letters To Jane (2004) 28 exemplares
Doctor Jazz (2001) 26 exemplares
Last Poems (2012) 21 exemplares
For You (1970) 18 exemplares
Nothing for Tigers (1965) 10 exemplares
After The stranger (1965) 9 exemplares
The Crow and the Heart (1959) 8 exemplares
If You Call This Cry a Song (1983) 8 exemplares
Dark World (1974) 8 exemplares
The Bloomingdale Papers (1974) 6 exemplares
North winter (1964) 4 exemplares
Appendix A (2017) 3 exemplares
In Time and Place 2 exemplares
The Clay Hill Anthology (1970) 2 exemplares
Three Poems 2 exemplares
Aura: A poem (1977) 1 exemplar
Faxes to William (2000) 1 exemplar

Associated Works

Nausea (1959) — Introdução, algumas edições9,986 exemplares
The Making of a Poem: A Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms (2000) — Contribuidor — 1,268 exemplares
Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama (1995) — Contribuidor, algumas edições926 exemplares
World Poetry: An Anthology of Verse from Antiquity to Our Time (1998) — Contribuidor — 450 exemplares
The Best American Poetry 1999 (1999) — Contribuidor — 208 exemplares
The Art of Losing (2010) — Contribuidor — 203 exemplares
This Is My Best: Great Writers Share Their Favorite Work (2004) — Contribuidor — 160 exemplares
Poets of World War II (2003) — Contribuidor — 135 exemplares
The Best American Poetry 1993 (1993) — Contribuidor — 129 exemplares
The Best American Poetry 1992 (1992) — Contribuidor — 102 exemplares
Gods and Mortals: Modern Poems on Classical Myths (1684) — Contribuidor — 69 exemplares
Poetry (1962) — Contribuidor — 46 exemplares
Poetry of Witness: The Tradition in English, 1500-2001 (2014) — Contribuidor — 42 exemplares
Birds in the Hand: Fiction and Poetry about Birds (2004) — Contribuidor — 33 exemplares
New American Review 8 (1970) — Contribuidor — 13 exemplares
Handspan of Red Earth: An Anthology of American Farm Poems (1991) — Contribuidor — 7 exemplares
Epitaphs for Lorine — Contribuidor — 5 exemplares
Danvis Tales: Selected Stories (Hardscrabble Books) (1995) — Introdução — 4 exemplares
Poetry Magazine Vol. 109 No. 6, March 1967 — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares
Sulfur 3 — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares
Poetry Magazine Vol. 86 No. 3, June 1955 — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares
Ironwood 28 Dickinson/Spicer: A Special Issue — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar
Perspectives: Number Nine (1954) — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar
Perspectives Number Six Winter 1954 Art Music Literature (1954) — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar
Hearse #15 (1971) — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar


Conhecimento Comum



This collection was used in a poetry writing class that I took in college (in 1989?). I no longer have my copy, but when I recently came across the book at Barnes & Noble it brought back fond memories.
Chris.Wolak | 7 outras críticas | Oct 13, 2022 |
I'll be honest. I'd never heard of Hayden Carruth until I heard Garrison Keillor talk about him one morning on The Writer's Almanac a month or two ago. Told us that Carruth won the National Book Award for Poetry in 1996 for his book, SCRAMBLED EGGS & WHISKEY. A great title, which got my attention, so I looked around online for more info on Carruth. All the cheap copies of SE&W had already been scarfed up (hey, the power of Garrison), so I thought I'd try this book of essays since I'm not the sharpest tool in the kit when it comes to poetry. And I liked this book, mostly. See, Carruth had a really speckled kinda career. He himself tells us here that he's been in and out of the "hatch" a couple times - i.e. insane asylum. The first time, in his late twenties, he underwent a series of electro-shock-therapy treatments, then moved into his parents' attic, and rarely emerged from there for nearly five years. But he finally got help from a sympathetic shrink, who became a lifelong friend. There are really only three sections in RELUCTANTLY: AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL ESSAYS, and you can tell, in reading them, that he was indeed "reluctant" to write any of them, but had given in to the entreaties of friends and readers to write frankly about his life, particularly about his bouts with mental illness, the several woment and marriages, and about his 'suicide,' which is what he calls it - not an 'attempt' - but the real thing. Because, he points out, he did a good job, taking a massive dose of multiple prescription pills, and was technically dead, and then brought back.

Carruth has a few different methods of dealing with these parts of his life, he vacillates between talking about his education and his love affair with words and the English language - and can get quite abstruse, even boring, about this - and simple story-telling of his childhood and youth, a bit about growing up during the Depression and his service with the Army Air Corps as a cryptographer in Italy during WWII. And those latter things are fascinating, as are the parts about his wives, lovers, family and friends. When he keeps it simple, it's great. But when he tries to actually figure it all out and gets all philosophical on you, it's not so great. He also rubbed shoulders with quite a few famous poets during his time as an academic at Syracuse University towards the end of his life, but he doesn't do a lot of name-dropping. Of course, how famous are many poets, really?

Bottom line: Hayden Carruth lived a very interesting life. He had multiple demons - insanity, alcohol, insecurities galore, etc.- but he did the best he could in dealing with them, and in the process he managed to produce a couple dozen books of prose and poetry. He died in 2008 of complications from a series of strokes. I liked this book enough that I will try to read some of his poetry soon. And there's another book I might try sooner, called LETTERS TO JANE, a correspondence he had with poet Jane Kenyon during the last year of her troubled life. I already know a bit about her from having read Donald Hall's fine memoir, THE BEST DAY THE WORST DAY: LIFE WITH JANE KENYON. So yeah, I think I'd like to read Carruth's letters to her. And this book? No reluctance on my part. Highly recommended.

- Tim Bazzett, author of the memoir, BOOKLOVER
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TimBazzett | 1 outra crítica | Aug 17, 2016 |
This anthology had a lot of interesting poets in it. My problem was how to read it. It is arrange chronologically by the year of the author's birth. Sometimes the poets sitting near each other have a lot in common either in period or style or interests, sometimes not. So if you read in order, which is what I tried to do, you're often jerked around from one school of poetry to another only to go back to the first a few poets later. If you just look for your favorites, you miss the point which is to discover gems by little known poets. I finally gave up, though I did meet some interesting new (to me) voices on the way.… (mais)
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aulsmith | 7 outras críticas | Dec 18, 2010 |
Entertaining, engaging, and accessable while still betraying a surprising depth. This is a poetry collection I'd recommend to all readers of poetry, beginning or otherwise. It's humor is catching, and the work is both graceful and inspiring. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
whitewavedarling | 1 outra crítica | Apr 12, 2010 |



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