Pity the Beautiful Poems Author:Dana Gioia The long-awaited fourth collection by one of America's foremost poets O Lord of indirection and ellipses, — ignore our prayers. Deliver us from distraction. — Slow our heartbeat to a cricket's call. — --from ?Prophecy? Pity the Beautiful is Dana Gioia's first new poetry book in over a decade. Its emotional revelations and careful construction are... more » hard won, inventive, and resilient. These new poems show Gioia's craftsmanship at its finest, its most mature, as they make music, crack wise, remember the dead, and in a long, central poem even tell ghost stories.« less
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