The Sleeping Gypsy, and Other Poems by George GarrettThe Sleeping Gypsy, and Other Poems by George Garrett

The Sleeping Gypsy, and Other Poems

byGeorge GarrettIllustratorJo Alys Downs

Paperback | June 1, 1958

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The Sleeping Gypsy is an important collection of poems by an American writer who was only twenty-nine when awarded the coveted Prix de Rome in 1958. When George Garrett’s first collected verse, The Reverend Ghost and Other Poems, appeared in Scribner’s Poets of Today: IV, critics hailed the emergence of an authentic new talent of great promise. Babette Deutsch, writing in the New York Herald Tribune, said, “His poems are short, highly charged, and also, as he intended, clear. They move rapidly, without waste, exhibiting a lively skill and vigor in action.… His sensitive perceptivity makes his thoughtful insights more memorable.” Louise Bogan, writing in the New Yorker, said, “It is good to come upon [in Garrett’s work] an ordered brilliance and effects, long neglected, that link us to the ancient tradition of English ‘song.’”

Readers will find in The Sleeping Gypsy all of the qualities that distinguished Garrett’s earlier collection of verse—the pointed, incisive writing, the abhorrence of “pretty” poetic words, the harsh impact of language that is, at the same time, strangely musical. Many will feel that, in this later work, these qualities have been enhanced and that Garrett’s advancing maturity indicates strongly that his early promise will be richly fulfilled.

George Palmer Garrett (1929–2008) was a poet and novelist. He also worked as a book reviewer and screenwriter, and was Poet Laureate of Virginia from 2002 to 2006.
Title:The Sleeping Gypsy, and Other PoemsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:78 pages, 9.61 × 6.69 × 0.19 inPublished:June 1, 1958Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0292733801

ISBN - 13:9780292733800

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Table of Contents

  • I. The Music Of This World
    • The Sleeping Gypsy
    • Distances, Differences
    • Buzzard
    • Aubade
    • Giant Killer
    • The Children: an Abstraction
    • A Form of Joy
    • Underworld
    • Advice to an Aesthetician
    • The Pure Brutalities of Contrast
    • Still Life
    • Pastoral
    • Old Saws No. 1
    • Old Saws No. 2
    • Old Saws No. 3
    • Three Studies of Æsop
    • Saints
    • Speaking of Minor Revelations
    • Be Uncorrupted All
    • After Bad Dreams
  • II. Songs
    • Narcissus
    • Snowman
    • Hermit
  • III. Snapshots
    • The Lion Tamer
    • Tugboat
    • Tyger
    • Fire Engine
    • A Parable of Four Sowers
    • Tightrope Walker
    • Veterans
    • Riddle Man
    • The Lucky
    • Romantic
    • Narcissist
    • Sensualist
    • A Friend in Gray Flannel
    • Three from the Academy
    • Sir Guy of Gysbane
    • Caedmon
    • Swift
    • Tiresias
    • Martha Graham: Appalachian Spring
    • Classic Generalissimo
  • IV. Short Stories
    • Summer Storm
    • The Magi
    • The Cage
    • The Grapes
    • Deep Sea Fishing
    • Eve
    • Bayonet Drill
    • Episode in a Suburban Garden
    • Three Dancers
    • Bathing Beauty
    • Letter from a Light Drinker
    • Snowstorm