ANOTHER LOOK by Horace Gregory


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This collection of twenty-one new poems provides an unexpected coda to Gregory's Collected Poems, published in 1964, the year before he was awarded the Bollingen Prize after a long and distinguished career as critic, scholar, and translator as well as poet. Gregory is generally identified with the dramatic monologues of working-class New Yorkers which were first published in his earliest book, Chelsea Rooming House (1930). Those particular rough and friendly faces and their city landmarks are gone now from his poetry; although Gregory still favors expansive, declamatory forms, with occasional lyrical touches reminiscent of the poems of his wife, Marya Zaturenska. The influence of his Latin translations is strongly felt--Rome seems as nearby as Manhattan--as is his predilection for the elegiac tone. Gregory's diction may sometimes seem baroque and decorative to contemporary ears accustomed to more streamlined proportions, but these poems can be read and reread with increasing pleasure. His rhetorical skill and epic range are undiminished over the years.

Pub Date: April 29th, 1976
Publisher: Holt, Rinehart & Winston