The Pattern More Complicated: New and Selected Poems (Phoenix Poets) (Paperback)

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Alan Williamson artfully joins social and literary history with personal experience in The Pattern More Complicated, a collection of his very best poems over the last twenty years. A powerful section of new poems draws the whole work together in a kind of autobiographical novel, as—in Eliot's phrase, from which the title is taken—"the pattern of dead and living" grows "more complicated" with the years.  Williamson's verse is a refreshing examples of how delicately the personal can intersect with the public in a love for the considered life.

The Pattern More Complicated assembles Williamson's most important, representative poems, marking the trajectory of poetic development and the recurrence of themes across the span of four previous collections to present a survey of a major American poet in a single volume.

About the Author

Alan Williamson is professor of English at the University of California, Davis. He is the author of four books of poems, most recently Love and the Soul and Res Publica, both published by the University of Chicago Press.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780226899497
ISBN-10: 0226899497
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication Date: October 15th, 2004
Pages: 264
Language: English
Series: Phoenix Poets