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Compromises Will Be Different
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ISBN: 978 1 857541 27 4
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: May 1995
216 x 135 x 7 mm
Publisher: Carcanet Press
I am writing these poems
As fast as I can
So that I do not miss out on my late style
Which will be extremely allusive,
Freer than anything I've ever done.
(The compromises will be different.)
from 'Corminboeuf 157'
In this, his first collection of poems, the American Robert Rehder, urbane and wily and middle-aged, pursues the wraith of happiness in leisurely and good-natured couplets which touch in one way and another on every aspect of a modern, largely urban, world, making sense of its nonsense and putting in doubt some of its most cherished stabilities. History is not safe from his probing ironies which reveal unexpected poignancies and the little human foibles which result in large events. Comedy and satire, deployed with his restraint and delicacy, are as deadly as Juvenal's, and telling because Robert Rehder and his kind are implicated in them. He once described Wallace Stevens as 'intensely playful and utterly serious, as serious as Mozart', and on a different scale this description fits his own work. Though he does not slay the sacred cows -- the Harold Blooms, the political correctnesses -- he does prod them out of the immediate roadway, to get where he is going, which is usually to a point of wry clarity.
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