A New Path to the Waterfall: Poems by Raymond CarverA New Path to the Waterfall: Poems by Raymond Carver

A New Path to the Waterfall: Poems

byRaymond CarverIntroduction byTess Gallagher

Paperback | January 23, 1994

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Raymond Carver, author of Where I'm Calling From, is widely considered one of the great short story writers of our time. A New Path to the Waterfall was Carver's last book, and shows a writer telling the truth as best as he knows how in the time left to him. The sixty-odd poems in this collection are linked by Carver with selections from other writers, most notably Chekhov, whose work was an inspiration and a guide, and by the cumulative force of the life and death questions he poses in them. As Rilke's Letters to a Young Poet guided countless readers discovering their true love and work, Carver's book will guide those in the process of celebrating a limited life and mourning the inescapable end of it. A New Path to the Waterfall is an essential book for those who admire Carver's work, and testament to the transcendent strength of the human spirit. In her introductory essay, Tess Gallagher, Carver's companion and fellow writer, lays out the circumstances of their last years together with matter-of-fact grace.
Born in 1938 in an Oregon logging town, Raymond Carver grew up in Yakima, From California he went to Iowa to attend the Iowa Writers Workshop. Soon, however, he returned to California, where he worked at a number of unskilled jobs before obtaining a teaching position. Widely acclaimed as the most important short story writer of his gen...
Title:A New Path to the Waterfall: PoemsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 8.25 × 5.25 × 0.43 inPublished:January 23, 1994Publisher:Grove/Atlantic

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ISBN - 10:0871133741

ISBN - 13:9780871133748

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He has been credited with reviving the American short story as a literary form. Shortly before his untimely death in August 1988, Raymond Carver completed A New Path to the Waterfall. These 50 poems - as durable, unambiguous and emotionally wholesome as his short stories - chart a human journey: false starts and redemptions, the unearthing of joy, recollection and leave-taking, and the full anxiety of mortality. An affirmation of love, this collection is also a poignant record of Carver's attitude to death.