Endpoint and Other Poems

Endpoint and Other Poems

Book - 2009
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Random House, Inc.
A stunning collection of poems that John Updike wrote during the last seven years of his life and put together only weeks before he died for this, his final book.

The opening sequence, “Endpoint,” is made up of a series of connected poems written on the occasions of his recent birthdays and culminates in his confrontation with his final illness. He looks back on the boy that he was, on the family, the small town, the people, and the circumstances that fed his love of writing, and he finds endless delight and solace in “turning the oddities of life into words.”

“Other Poems” range from the fanciful (what would it be like to be a stolen Rembrandt painting? he muses) to the celebratory, capturing the flux of life. A section of sonnets follows, some inspired by travels to distant lands, others celebrating the idiosyncrasies of nature in his own backyard.

For John Updike, the writing of poetry was always a special joy, and this final collection is an eloquent and moving testament to the life of this extraordinary writer.

Baker & Taylor
Collects poems written during the author's last years of his life, describing his longing for the past, the trials of old age, and his impressions of other countries, death, family, and writing.

& Taylor

This collection of poems from one of the 20th century’s most distinguished American authors was completed only weeks before his death in January 2009, and is being released just in time for National Poetry Month in April.

Publisher: New York : Knopf, 2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307272867
Characteristics: xi, 97 p. ; 21 cm


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