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March 2003
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Long for This World
New and Selected Poems
Wallace, Ronald
Long for This World includes twenty-six new poems from this master of the sonnet and other traditional forms, along with selections from his six previous collections. This book exemplifies the comic sense, the synthesis of technical skill and strong emotion, and the sensory immediacy that have become Ronald Wallace’s hallmarks.
Ronald Wallace is the author of many books of poetry and criticism, including People and Dog in the Sun, The Makings of Happiness, and God Be with the Clown: Humor in American Poetry, and the editor of Vital Signs: Contemporary American Poetry from the University Presses. Wallace directs the creative writing program at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is married and has two daughters and divides his time between Madison and his farm in Bear Valley, Wisconsin.
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Long for This World features the best of Ronald Wallace's work from his previous collections of poetry--Plums, Stones, Kisses & Hooks (1981), Tunes for Bears to Dance To (1983), People and Dog in the Sun (1987), The Makings of Happiness (1991), Time's Fancy (1994),and The Uses of Adversity (1998)--along with a generous selection of twenty-six new poems. If Wallace's recent poems sometimes seem darker and deeper, more meditative and complex, less sanguine about the tragedies of daily life, they never sacrifice the comic sense, the synthesis of technical skill and strong emotion, and the sensory immediacy that have become his hallmarks.
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“One of eight “best poetry books of 2003.” —St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 12/7/03

“I read Ron Wallace when I want a shot of pure poetry. Wallace’s poems have the rare ability to be both surprisingly individual and universal at the same time. They take the meat-and-potatoes of everyday life . . . and make them sing in a way that’s both fresh and uplifting.”—Harriet Brown, xxx (newspaper)

“Wallace’s work is often meditative, sometimes comic, and he has an especially nice touch with the sonnet form, but if this book shows anything, it is the impressively wide range of his talents.”—Dennis Johnson, Mobylives.com

“Wallace . . . writes poetry in forms with remarkable ease and eloquence: sonnets, ballades, even a pantoum. . . His Midwest roots in no way diminish his cosmopolitan outlook or his universal vision. Wallace’s poems are by turns fresh, compassionate, whimsical.”—St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 4/30/03

“Wallace writes poems that simultaneously entertain and educate, offer wisdom without being pretentious, and elevate humor to philosophical heights.” --Free Verse


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