For Dear Life

How beautifully Ronald Wallace marries the haiku's brief resonant perception with the sonnet's musical dialectic! It's a marriage of argument and awe, brought together with great formal agility. I love the deep humanity, the mix of wit and rue in For Dear Life—the wisdom that knows its limits, the irony that ends not in bitterness but delight, affirming both the passing of time and its continuation. All our most crucial questions are raised here with a humor and intelligence that make them new and all the more urgent. These are poems to cherish and keep close at hand.
Betsy Sholl

In For Dear Life, with accessibility, wit, and humor, Ronald Wallace evokes a wide variety of subjects that range from the traditional themes of lyric poetry—love, death, sex, the natural world, marriage, birth, childhood, music, religion, art—to the most unexpected and quirky narratives—an ode to excrement, a catalogue of comic one-liners, a celebratory testimonial to his teeth.

88 Pages, 6 x 8.7 in.

September, 2015

isbn : 9780822963868

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Ronald Wallace

Ronald Wallace is the author of numerous books of poetry, including, most recently, For a Limited Time Only. He is codirector of the creative writing program, Halls-Bascom Professor of English, and Felix Pollak Professor of Poetry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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