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Interrogations at Noon: Poems

Interrogations at Noon Poems Winner of the American Book AwardDana Gioia an internationally known poet and critic is notably prolific with his essays reviews translations and anthologies But like his celebrated teacher Eliz

  • Title: Interrogations at Noon: Poems
  • Author: Dana Gioia
  • ISBN: 9781555973186
  • Page: 146
  • Format: Paperback
  • Winner of the American Book AwardDana Gioia, an internationally known poet and critic, is notably prolific with his essays, reviews, translations, and anthologies But like his celebrated teacher, Elizabeth Bishop, Gioia is meticulously painstaking and self critical about his own poems In an active 25 year career he has published only two previous volumes of poetry AlthoWinner of the American Book AwardDana Gioia, an internationally known poet and critic, is notably prolific with his essays, reviews, translations, and anthologies But like his celebrated teacher, Elizabeth Bishop, Gioia is meticulously painstaking and self critical about his own poems In an active 25 year career he has published only two previous volumes of poetry Although Gioia is often recognized as a leading force in the recent revival of rhyme and meter in American poetry, his own work does not fit neatly into any one style.Interrogations at Noon displays an extraordinary range of style and sensibility from rhymed couplets to free verse, from surrealist elegy to satirical ballad What unites the poems is not a single approach but their resonant musicality and powerful but understated emotion This new collection explores the uninvited epiphanies of love and marriage, probing the quiet mysteries of a seemingly settled domestic life Meditating on the inescapable themes of lyric poetry time, mortality, nature, and the contradictions of the human heart Gioia turns them to provocative and unexpected ends.

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    1. Interrogations at Noon was thoughtful, each poem was quietly building strength. Less like a punch in the face and more like a letter you're not sure you should send. I didn't find the title poem satisfying, however, and I thought it was a little bland."Failure" was good - the idea already thought of, but eloquently written."Divination" was a good example of repitition and was tightly bound together.As stuffy as "Elegy with Surrealist Proverbs as Refrain" sounds, it was actually very captivating. [...]

    2. When I first read this book of poetry, I wasn't sure what to think because of the voice. Who was talking? The poet? A persona? I liked the poems where I could be certain, like in the poems that were inspired by other poets (Seneca), written to be songs (Three Songs from Noseferatu) or translations.Then I got to hear Gioia speak, and I found it interesting to learn that he writes every poem from a persona, or at least 99.99% of them. I believe that's different from many modern day poets who write [...]

    3. The rating system on is lacking.Four of the poems in this slim collection I would rate five stars (Interrogations at Noon, The Bargain, Summer Storm and Unsaid), the rest I would give two. It averages out to be about three stars overall but that doesn't really mean anything. I don't know if in five years time I would rate them the same. I've found poetry to be pretty subjective. In my case it comes down to the visual and emotional strings that the poet can pull and that depends on my brain capa [...]

    4. When I started this volume last week, I was disappointed by the first dozen poems. I started over today from the beginning and found them all lovely. Strange. I don't think I know the extent to which my disposition shapes my reading. Also I don't like the style of the cover illustration.Afterthought from Evelyn Waugh: "Elegance" is a quality in writers who recognize that "no two words are identical in meaning, sound and connotation."

    5. Gioia now heads the National Endowment for the Arts, but he's also a poet. He experiments in these poems, which makes me admire him. In this collection he tries on rhyming couplets, surrealist elegy, satirical ballad, free verse translation of Seneca (!), and even includes portions of his libretto for the opera Nosferatu. Slim and tender.

    6. My bias is toward poets who are more direct in what they are saying. This work I found a mix of stunning and hard to grasp poems. Still, the poems that reached me were enough to make me want to read more of this talented poet.

    7. Gioia's poetry exudes tenacious attention to word choice, rhyme, rhythm, and themes. While not overt, there exists an undercurrent of spiritual depth that draws the reader into the author's experience and toward self-reflection.

    8. Words is one of my all-time favorite poems and Long Distance sums up perfectly how it feels to be separated from someone you're in love with. Gioia's poetry is accessible and so human. This is one of my favorite books of poetry.

    9. Blown away by this; favorite poetry I've read since Franz Wright. I plan on getting the rest of his stuff.

    10. Because Dana Gioia was coming to speak to the Patrons of the Library, I read all of his poetry. I love it. Enough said.

    11. very into form, can feel a bit preachy at times. i have started reading his latest, Pity the Beautiful and it seems much more personal

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