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Collected Poems (2004) [Collection]
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This celebratory volume gives us the entire career of Donald Justice between two covers, including a rich handful of poems written since New and Selected Poems was published in 1995. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Justice has been hailed by his contemporary Anthony Hecht as "the supreme heir of Wallace Stevens." In poems that embrace the past, its terrors and reconciliations, Justice has become our poet of living memory. The classic American melancholy in his titles calls forth the tenor of our collective passages: "Bus Stop," "Men at Forty," "Dance Lessons of the Thirties," "The Small White Churches of the Small White Towns." This master of classical form has found in the American scene, and in the American tongue, all those virtues of our literature and landscape sought by Emerson and Henry James. For half a century he has endeavored, with painterly vividness and plainspoken elegance, to make those local views part of the literary heritage from which he has so often taken solace, and inspiration.

- Anniversaries
- Song
- To a ten-months' child
- The poet at seven
- The snowfall
- Landscape with little figures
- On the death of friends in childhood
- The wall
- A dream sestina
- Sestina on six words by Weldon Kees
- Here in Katmandu
- The metamorphosis
- Southern gothic
- Sonnet to my father
- Beyond the hunting woods
- Tales from a family album
- Thus
- Variations on a theme from James
- Ladies by their windows
- Women in love
- Love's stratagems
- A map of love
- Speaking of islands
- Sonnet about P.
- Another song
- In Bertram's garden
- The stray dog by the summerhouse
- Anthony St. Blues
- A winter ode to the old men of Lummus Park, Miami, Florida
- Counting the mad
- On a painting by Patient B of the Independence State Hospital for the Insane
- To Satan in heaven
- Two sonnets
- The return of Alcestis
- Autobiography
- Two songs from Don Juan in hell
- The metamorphoses of a vampire
- Monologue in an attic
- From bad dreams
- The furies
- Orpheus opens his morning mail
- Time and the weather
- To the unknown lady who wrote the letters found in the hatbox
- The grandfathers
- Dreams of water
- Ode to a dressmaker's dummy
- Memory of a porch
- But that is another story
- Heart
- Girl sitting alone at party
- Party
- A local storm
- Variations for two pianos
- Anonymous drawing
- To waken a small person
- American sketches
- After a phrase abandoned by Wallace Stevens
- Elsewheres
- Men at forty
- Early poems
- The thin man
- The missing person
- The man closing up
- Hands
- The evening of the mind
- For the suicides of 1962
- The tourist from Syracuse
- Bus stop
- Incident in a rose garden
- In the greenroom
- At a rehearsal of "Uncle Vanya"
- Last days of Prospero
- Memo from the desk of X
- For a freshman reader
- To the hawks
- Poem for a survivor
- Narcissus at home
- Fragment: to a mirror
- A letter
- A dancer's life
- Portraits of the sixties
- Lethargy
- Luxury
- The telephone number of the muse
- Twenty questions
- On the night of the departure by bus
- White notes
- The confession
- The success
- The assassination
- 1971
- Lorcaesques
- From a notebook
- Riddle
- Things
- An elegy is preparing itself
- Variations on a text by Vallejo
- Poem
- Homage to the memory of Wallace Stevens
- Sonatina in green
- Sonatina in yellow
- Three odes
- Absences
- Presences
- Little elegy
- First death
- Two blues
- Unflushed urinals
- Sunday afternoon in Buffalo, Texas
- Memories of the depression years
- In the attic
- Thinking about the past
- Childhood
- Lines at the New Year
- Mule team and poster
- My South
- American scenes (1904-1905)
- Nineteenth-century portrait
- Young girls growing up (1911
- Children walking home from school through good neighborhood
- October: a song
- Sea wind: a song
- Last evening: at the piano
- Psalm and lament
- In memory of my friend, the bassoonist, John Lenox
- In memory of the unknown poet, Robert Boardman Vaughn
- Hell
- Villanelle at sundown
- Nostalgia and complaint of the grandparents
- Cinema and ballad of the Great Depression
- Manhattan dawn (1945)
- Nostalgia of the lakefronts
- Tremayne
- Mrs. Snow
- The pupil
- The piano teachers: a memoir of the thirties
- After-school practice: a short story
- The sunset maker
- On a picture by Burchfield
- The artist Orpheus
- Lorca in California
- A variation on Baudelaire's "La Servante au grand coeur"
- Invitation to a ghost
- Vague memory from childhood
- The Miami of other days
- On an anniversary
- A man of 1794
- Body and soul
- On a woman of spirit who taught both piano and dance
- Dance lessons of the thirties
- Banjo dog variations
- Pantoum of the Great Depression
- Sadness
- Epitaph for a pair of old shoes
- "Sonya sits at the piano, practicing"
- The voice of Col. von Stauffenberg ascending through the smoke and dull flames of purgatory
- Ralph: a love story
- Couplets concerning time
- At the young composers' concert
- School letting out
- The small white churches of the small white towns
- A chapter in the life of Mr. Kehoe, fisherman
- "There is a gold light in certain old paintings"

Original title: Collected Poems
Original languages: English

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