The Complete Poems of Marianne Moore

Copyright 1967
Checked out 18 times in 42 years
Last checked out 16 years ago

Marianne Moore is a major American poet of the 20th Century and it goes without saying that it behooves any library in the U.S. to have a collected volume of her poetry, so I’m delighted to see one on the shelves here. Happily, the library has preserved the original jacket leaves by pasting them into the back cover of the book. So we learn that this is Moore’s version of collected, which is to say, as quoted from one jacket leaf, “all the poems she is willing to preserve.” Thus this should not be considered a complete works but rather a very late (she was eighty at the time of publication) collection of what Moore considered her best work. One of the treasures of this volume is over 30 pages of Moore’s notes to the poems in the back of the book.

Because of her status, this book should be kept as long as it holds up and should be replaced with a collected or complete poems before it is discarded. In Albertville, this book received regular interest through the 70s but dwindled quickly in the 80 and 90s until it is now being ignored. This is unfortunate. Hopefully people will rediscover her in the future.

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