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Apples from Shinar

Hyam Plutzik

Publication Year: 2011

Apples from Shinar was Hyam Plutzik's second complete collection. Originally published in 1959 as a part of Wesleyan University Press's newly minted poetry series, the collection includes "The Shepherd"--a section of the book-length poem "Horatio," which earned Plutzik a finalist position for the Pulitzer Prize. "The love and the words and the simplicity," that mark Plutzik's poetry, writes Philip Booth, "are all here [in Apples from Shinar], and the poems come peacefully, and wonderfully, alive." With a previously unpublished foreword by Hyam Plutzik and a new afterword by David Scott Kastan, this edition marks the centenary of Plutzik's birth and will introduce a new generation of readers to the work of one of the best mid-century American poets.

Published by: Wesleyan University Press

Title Page, Copyright

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PREFACE

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pp. ix-x

A recent traveler in Granada, remembering the gaiety that had greeted him on an earlier visit, wondered why the place seemed so sad. The answer came to him at last: "This was a city that had killed its poet." He was talking, of course, of the great Federico Garcia...

BECAUSE THE RED OSIER DOGWOOD

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pp. 3-

THE DREAM ABOUT OUR MASTER

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TO MY DAUGHTER

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I AM DISQUIETED

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AS THE GREAT HORSE

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pp. 7-8

IF CAUSALITY IS IMPOSSIBLE

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THE OLD WAR

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THE PREMONITION

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JIM DESTERLAND

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pp. 12-13

AFTER LOOKING INTO A BOOK

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THE GEESE

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THE MYTHOS OF SAMUEL HUNTSMAN

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BEWARE, SAUNTERER

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THE AIRMAN WHO FLEW OVER

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pp. 18-19

THE PRIEST EKRANATH

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pp. 20-22

I IMAGINED A PAINTER

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pp. 23-

THE BASS

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THE IMPORTANCE OF POETRY

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WINTER, NEVER MIND WHERE

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THE ZERO THAT IS ALL

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pp. 27-

FOR T.S.E. ONLY

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pp. 28-29

A NEW EXPLANATION OF THE QUIETUDE

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PORTRAIT

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pp. 31-

REQUIEM FOR EDWARD CARRIGH

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pp. 32-

AND IN THE 51ST YEAR

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MAN AND TREE

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OF OBJECTS CONSIDERED AS FORTRESSES

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A PHILOSOPHER ON A MOUNTAIN

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TRIO FOR TWO VOICES AND A WOODWIND

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pp. 37-38

THE MYTHOS OF THE MAN FROM ENOCH

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THE MILKMAN

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THE LAST FISHERMAN

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THE SHEPHERD (from Horatio)

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pp. 42-59

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AFTERWORD

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pp. 61-73

Even as a young man, Hyam Plutzik was fully aware of "The artist's damnation, the rat of time" ("An Equation," 1949) that would "gnaw" at reputations, even at life itself. That ugly and unsparing rat took Plutzik's life before his fifty-first birthday, and indeed has too hungrily...

About the Authors

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pp. 74-


E-ISBN-13: 9780819571687
Print-ISBN-13: 9780819571670

Page Count: 88
Publication Year: 2011

Series Title: Wesleyan Poetry Series

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