Ultima Thule by Davis McCombsUltima Thule by Davis McCombs

Ultima Thule

byDavis McCombs

Paperback | April 5, 2000

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This year’s winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets competition is Davis McCombs’s Ultima Thule, which was acclaimed as “a book of exploration, of searching regard.... a grave, attentive holding of a light” by the contest judge, the distinguished poet W. S. Merwin. The poems are set above and below the Cave Country of south central Kentucky, where McCombs lives and which is home to thousands of caves. The book is framed by two sonnet sequences, the first about a slave guide and explorer at Mammoth Cave in the mid-1800s and the second about McCombs’s experiences as a guide and park ranger there in the 1990s. Other poems deal with Mammoth Cave’s four- thousand-year human history and the thrills of crawling into tight, rarely visited passageways to see what lies beyond. Often the poems search for oblique angles into personal experience, and the caves and the landscape they create form a personal geology.
Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and essayist W. S. Merwin was born in New York City in 1927. Merwin has won numerous prizes, including the Tanning Prize, the Bollingen Prize and the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize. He is the author of fifteen books of poetry, numerous plays, nearly twenty books of translation and four books of prose.
Title:Ultima ThuleFormat:PaperbackDimensions:72 pages, 9.25 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:April 5, 2000Publisher:Yale University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0300083173

ISBN - 13:9780300083170


From Our Editors

This acclaimed collection of poetry won the 1999 Yale Series of Younger Poets competition. Davis McCombs uses powerfully simply verse to explore the cave country of south central Kentucky. Framed to by two sonnet sequences, the book takes us from our distant historical relations with the caves to our modern day explorations, including guided tours. Ultima Thule, with a foreword by distinguished poet W.S. Merwin, is a powerful reflection of the impact these caves have had on McCombs heart, mind and soul. For anyone who loves poetry that is spare but hauntingly effective, this book is a must-own.