Selected Poems: 1965-1975

Selected Poems Celebrated as a major novelist throughout the English speaking world Atwood has also written eleven volumes of poetry Houghton Mifflin is proud to have published SELECTED POEMS a volume o

  • Title: Selected Poems: 1965-1975
  • Author: Margaret Atwood
  • ISBN: 9780395404225
  • Page: 477
  • Format: Paperback
  • Celebrated as a major novelist throughout the English speaking world, Atwood has also written eleven volumes of poetry Houghton Mifflin is proud to have published SELECTED POEMS, 1965 1975, a volume of selections from Atwood s poetry of that decade.

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    1. Margaret Atwood was born in 1939 in Ottawa and grew up in northern Ontario, Quebec, and Toronto She received her undergraduate degree from Victoria College at the University of Toronto and her master s degree from Radcliffe College.Throughout her writing career, Margaret Atwood has received numerous awards and honourary degrees She is the author of than thirty five volumes of poetry, children s literature, fiction, and non fiction and is perhaps best known for her novels, which include The Edible Woman 1970 , The Handmaid s Tale 1983 , The Robber Bride 1994 , Alias Grace 1996 , and The Blind Assassin, which won the prestigious Booker Prize in 2000 Atwood s dystopic novel, Oryx and Crake, was published in 2003 The Tent mini fictions and Moral Disorder short stories both appeared in 2006 Her most recent volume of poetry, The Door, was published in 2007 Her non fiction book, Payback Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth in the Massey series, appeared in 2008, and her most recent novel, The Year of the Flood, in the autumn of 2009 Ms Atwood s work has been published in than forty languages, including Farsi, Japanese, Turkish, Finnish, Korean, Icelandic and Estonian In 2004 she co invented the Long Pen TM.Margaret Atwood currently lives in Toronto with writer Graeme Gibson Associations Margaret Atwood was President of the Writers Union of Canada from May 1981 to May 1982, and was President of International P.E.N Canadian Centre English Speaking from 1984 1986 She and Graeme Gibson are the Joint Honourary Presidents of the Rare Bird Society within BirdLife International Ms Atwood is also a current Vice President of PEN International.

    2. Game After SupperThis is before electricity,it is when there were porches.On the sagging porch an old manis rocking. The porch is wooden,the house is wooden and grey;in the living room which smells ofsmoke and mildew, soonthe woman will light the kerosene lamp.There is a barn but I am not in the barn;there is an orchard too, gone bad,its apples like soft corkbut I am not there either.I am hiding in the long grasswith my two dead cousins,the membrane grown alreadyacross their throats.We hear cric [...]

    3. I read a scattered few of Atwood's poems in college classes and textbooks, and a few months ago I read her spin on the story of Odysseus, Penelopiad, but only now that I've consumed about 250 pages of her poems do I have a solid picture of her as a writer. This collection is a bit of a monster -- it includes excerpts from six separate works (many of which are themselves divided into smaller works) and spans the first ten years of her career -- and for the first hundred pages or so I resented the [...]

    4. Written February 14, 2007:Because a friend has mentioned Atwood and Horowitz, I bring out the beer stashed under my bed in case of emergencies. And this moment seems to be pressing, somewhere, something is breaking, inside my body. I put on George Bruch: Violin Concerto No.1 in G Minor, and then, this.There is time to smoke, in a while. For now, a poem:I Was Reading a Scientific ArticleMargaret AtwoodThey have photographed the brainand here is the picture, it is full ofbranches as I always sus [...]

    5. I read volume II of Atwood’s Selected Poems first, assuming that a good poet would get better with time. I was right. However, Atwood is so very wonderful with her deliciously dark poems, dry wit, and dramatic dialogues that I couldn’t resist going back for more. The very first poem in this book shows why I keep coming back to her. Titled “This Is a Photography of Me,” she chills us to the bone when she gets to “The photograph was taken/the day after I drowned.”Particularly appealing [...]

    6. There were only a handful of poems that I liked in this book and the rest were meh. The thing is the ones I did like, I REALLY liked. Weirdly enough my favorite poem of the book was the first one. Most of Atwood's poems seemed, to me, to go nowhere and have no apparent meaning. She can be very descriptive and even tell deep stories with her poems, creating great imagery and what-not but really it was just kind of confusing most of the time.Granted, you can read one poem ten times and have a diff [...]

    7. I need to go back to this one more. There are groupings of poems that I have forgotten the reason for, but that's okay, I trust her writing. "Unfortunately I don't have leaves.Instead I have eyesand teeth and other non-greenthings which rule out osmosis.So be careful, I mean it,I give you a fair warning:''I close in mid poem where I began citing ("More and More". Soon again, and time to get the next set of years, seems to me, although I've read several of those, too, over the past years when the [...]

    8. You held out your handI took your fingerprintsYou asked for loveI gave you only descriptionsPlease die I saidso I can write about itAfter all you are quiteordinary: 2 arms 2 legs a head, a reasonable body, toes & fingers, a few eccentricities, a few honestiesbut not too many, too manypostponements & regrets butyou'll adjust to it, meetingdeadlines and other people, pretending to love the wrong woman some of the time, listening to your brainshrink, your diariesexpanding as you grow older

    9. Beautiful, clear, steady, and powerful poems. They get substantially better/stronger when she hits the 1971 mark. The "Power Politics" collection is incredible. Atwood's mind and words are fortifying."My right hand unfolds riversaround you, my left hand releases its treesI speak rain.I spin you on a night and you hide in it."

    10. Now that I've finished all of her novels and short stories (until the new one comes out later this month!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) I've had to move on to her poetry. Poetry still isn't really my favorite thing to read, but some of these were pretty great.

    11. I always seem to read this collection when I'm down. I think these were her best poems - the ones thereafter are not so thrilling.

    12. It is astounding how many quality words flow out of this woman. Her poetry is quite accessible, but don't think it simple.

    13. songs of the transformed are some of the most poignant poems I have ever read and are my favorite to read again and again

    14. I continue reading through Margaret Atwood. Her versatility astounds me. In the ten years that these poems span, it is good to watch her growth as a poet.

    15. I began reading this book back in April. My mother was hospitalized and I read some of the poems to her. Her attention span was short, so, I began picking up books of poetry to share with her and this was one, I lucked out in finding at a local used book store. I decided to finish reading this collection today, before years end. I also re read some I had already read. First, Atwood, is such an amazing writer. Her understanding and use of metaphors is simply and beautifully captured in this colle [...]

    16. I have poured over this book, slowly, over the course of a year, and it has been a great source of comfort to me during a time in my life when comfort was difficult to come by. At last, it is finished, accomplished, and yet, difficult to put down. (Good thing she has a second volume). There are different ways to read the words of Margaret Atwood, at a surface level, which can often be frustrating and incomplete, and beneath the surface, under which lurks endless possibilities. Every day was a ne [...]

    17. Loved some of the poems, some I didn't get. I did get a sense of the author and feel like I know her and am familiar with her journey. After reading this and the Handmaid's Tale I would like to read an autobiography or biography. The Circle Game was relate-able to me, the Landlady, funny! I liked the section Procedures for Underground - 1970 a lot. After reading I also want to be buried in the ground naked with no casket, there were a couple poems that made me feel this way, one being The Deaths [...]

    18. I'm not very good with poetry in general, so I think that took away from my enjoyment of this collection. Atwood is still a fantastic writer, I just can't understand what she's trying to say through most of these poems. That's probably my own fault though.

    19. from Power PoliticsWhat is it, it does notmove like love, it doesnot want to stroke, unfoldit does not even want totouch, it is more likean animal (notloving) athing trapped, you movewounded, you are hurt, you hurt,you want to get out, you wantto tear yourself out, i amthe outside, i am snow andspace, pathways, you gatheryourself, your musclesclutch, you moveinto me as though iam (wrenchingyour way through, this isurgent, it is yourlife) thelast chance for freedomMore and MoreMore and more frequ [...]

    20. As the title clearly states, this is a selection of Atwood's poetry from her early years. It includes selections from previously published works, THE CIRCLE GAME (1966), THE ANIMALS IN THAT COUNTRY (1968), THE JOURNALS OF SUSANNA MOODIE (1970), PROCEDURES FOR UNDERGROUND (1970), POWER POLITICS (1971) and YOU ARE HAPPY (1974). The first few books were a bit too intimate for me. Many of the poems seemed like they are direct comments on her relationships with men, and it was just a bit too revealin [...]

    21. When I first saw this in the store, I thought "Margaret Atwood writes poems?" I have come to know her exclusively through her prose, so I was curious to see what her verse does. There are some familiar touches here. Atwood's poetry still puts emphasis on the sublime and on subtle horror, although the earlier section of the book lacks the sense of disillusionment that defines much of her prose. Perhaps my favorite poem in the collection, "More and More," crafts a lovely extended metaphor about th [...]

    22. Oh my, young Margaret Atwood has a lot to say about language, relationships, settlers, landscape much to say! I'm totally biased, because I already love Atwood, but her poetry is pretty badass. Some of my favorite clips:"Love is not a professiongenteel or otherwisesex is not dentistrythe slick fillng of aches and cavitiesrmit yourself angerand permit me minewhich needs neitheryour approval nor your surprise""Last year I abstainedthis year I devourwithout guiltwhich is also an art""All I want is [...]

    23. Her talent for imagery is undeniable, but this collection, the bulk of which are about relationships, are relentlessly negative and, cumulatively, depressing, to me at least. I do like the way in which landscape and psychology interweave and blend in her work, but not even the selections from the (ironically?) entitled "You Are Happy" (suggested subtitle: "And I'll Fix That!") broke the spell of poems about failed relationships, disappointment, and violence or the threat thereof. Not recommended [...]

    24. SELECTED POEMS by Margaret AtwoodI thought I was going to love this collection of poetry, but I didn't. The other poetry I've read recently I liked a lot more than this, and those others weren't anything special. Not my taste in poetry. I give it (a generous) 2 stars."a wordexploding from you in gold, crimson,unrolling in a brilliant scroll"Overall Opinion: ★★~KaylaMy Blog

    25. My favorite poem in this collection was "Dream 2: Brian the Still-Hunter." I liked its form and its ending. "When I woke / I remembered: he has been gone / twenty years and not heard from." That ending threw me for a loop! --And I love that! To me, a poem has to tell a story or give you some feeling. Most of Atwood's poetry does give feeling - but not the kind I want to feel.There were a few lines that I really liked too, but I think I'll try one of her novels next!

    26. I love Margaret Atwood. I want to love Margaret Atwood. Other than Alice Walker, John Donne, or Anne Sexton, I'm not much into or think I can relate to the poetry I read, however. Atwood is parts nature, parts history, parts you don't bring me flowers. The dietician in me really liked this one:"I say I will transformthis egg into a musclethis bottle into an act of loveThis onion will become a motionthis grapefruitwill become a thought."

    27. I've said elsewhere that Yanks make horrible poets. This was grossly unfair. Canadian poets, by and large, are every bit as rotten. Google Atwood's name, and it doesn't mention Booker Winner, Governor-General Award winner etc. It lists her as 'poet.' This strikes me as false advertising. In all this collection only one sequence stood out, a play on the theme of childhood dolls (though the fifth and dullest part needed chopping).Dud.

    28. i haven't finished reading this collection of poetry yet, and honestly i'm not sure i'm going to finish it. i like some of the imagery in these poems but the imagery doesn't seem to connect to a bigger picture to evoke any meaning for me. i just don't feel like this collection of words is speaking to me.

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