WINTER NEWS by John Haines


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The raw wildness of life around Alaska is transformed, in these brief poems, into dreamlike vivid images of dogs, winds, seas, winters, and the spirit of man pitted against implacable silences. These poems do not ""mean"" or explain; they exist, as complete fragments of a very large, impersonal, icy universe in which human emotions are not unimportant but slightly alien, part of the vaster movements of seasons and animal life. It is a soothing and elevating viewpoint, almost like that of Japanese poetry in its detachment, simplicity, and the precise spareness of its observations, and it conveys a marvelous sense of the quietness, solitude, wonder and otherness still to be found in countries beyond cities.

Publisher: Wesleyan Univ. Press