9781400043651-1400043654-Refusing Heaven

Refusing Heaven

ISBN-13: 9781400043651
ISBN-10: 1400043654
Edition: 1st Edition
Author: Gilbert, Jack
Publication date: 2005
Publisher: Knopf
Format: Hardcover 112 pages
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ISBN-13: 9781400043651
ISBN-10: 1400043654
Edition: 1st Edition
Author: Gilbert, Jack
Publication date: 2005
Publisher: Knopf
Format: Hardcover 112 pages

Summary

Acknowledged authors Gilbert, Jack wrote Refusing Heaven comprising 112 pages back in 2005. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 1400043654 and 9781400043651. Since then Refusing Heaven textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price or rent at the marketplace.

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More than a decade after Jack Gilbert’s The Great Fires, this highly anticipated new collection shows the continued development of a poet who has remained fierce in his avoidance of the beaten path. In Refusing Heaven, Gilbert writes compellingly about the commingled passion, loneliness, and sometimes surprising happiness of a life spent in luminous understanding of his own blessings and shortcomings: “The days and nights wasted . . . Long hot afternoons / watching ants while the cicadas railed / in the Chinese elm about the brevity of life.” Time slows down in these poems, as Gilbert creates an aura of curiosity and wonder at the fact of existence itself. Despite powerful intermittent griefs–over the women he has parted from or the one lost to cancer (an experience he captures with intimate precision)–Gilbert’s choice in this volume is to “refuse heaven.” He prefers this life, with its struggle and alienation and delight, to any paradise. His work is both a rebellious assertion of the call to clarity and a profound affirmation of the world in all its aspects. It braces the reader in its humanity and heart.

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