The Essential Daryl Hine by Daryl HineThe Essential Daryl Hine by Daryl Hine

The Essential Daryl Hine

byDaryl HineEditorJames Pollock

Paperback | May 31, 2015

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The Essential Daryl Hine presents a judicious selection of the work of a poetic virtuoso, a friend of James Merrill, John Hollander, and Richard Howard long celebrated for his learned wit, formal and rhetorical mastery, and cosmopolitan sensibility.

Born in 1936, and raised in New Westminster, British Columbia, Daryl Hine studied classics and philosophy at McGill University in Montreal, and earned a Ph.D. in comparative literature at the University of Chicago. He was the editor of Poetry magazine from 1968 to 1978, and taught at the University of Chicago, Northwestern University ...
Title:The Essential Daryl HineFormat:PaperbackDimensions:64 pages, 8.7 × 5.55 × 0.28 inPublished:May 31, 2015Publisher:Porcupine's QuillLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0889843856

ISBN - 13:9780889843851

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Read from the Book

The TroutMy watery prison shatters in a prismAs I flounder up the fatal falls'Arpeggios of air, a cataclysmOf cataracts and broken intervals.Still in the murk of motionless canalsI dreamt away my staid maturityTill stirred by that immortal voice which callsFrom the heights of the mountains to the depths of the sea.I lean on air as prisoners on timeNot to let them down. My impetus,In the interest of my kind sublime,Appears in person merely perilous:To climb the stair of stone where I was spawned,Where ponds are oceans and the rapids giveGasps of an unreachable beyondI try, I fail, I wriggle loose, I liveDrop by drop against the stream I am,And in death's shallow waterfall belongForever to the torrent and the damAs defunctive music and recurrent song.Spilt in sperm the mating pair ignore, Caught in each other's scales as in a net,I hung about above the ocean floor,Part of the liquid pattern of the carpet,Suspended like a living bathysphere,Or upwardly mobile in a somersault,Leaping to measures I can hardly hear,I flop and I return to the assault,A prelapsarian memory in manAnd bird and beast, a universal wishFor the unforgiving world where life beganAnd your cold-blooded avatar, the fish.

Editorial Reviews

`Poets tend not to be the best judges of the value of their own work. It takes a great editor to shape a vision of another poet's work that is both their own and true to the author; Pollock has done that here. The Essential Daryl Hine makes it obvious that the boy from B.C. really is one of the best we have. I don't think it's too great a leap to say that in Pollock, Daryl Hine has found his ideal editor. We should all be so lucky.' - Derek Webster - Partisan Magazine