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As Far As You Know

Poems

From one of the defining poets of his generation, a new collection that plumbs the depth of beauty, history, responsibility, and love.

As Far As You Know, acclaimed poet A. F. Moritz’s twentieth collection of poems, begins with two sections entitled “Terrorism” and “Poetry.” The book unfolds in six movements, yet it revolves around and agonizes over the struggle between these two catalyzing concepts, in all the forms they might take, eventually arguing they are the unavoidable conditions and quandaries of human life.

Written and organized chronologically around before and after the poet’s serious illness and heart surgery in 2014, these gorgeously unguarded poems plumb and deepen the reader’s understanding of Moritz’s primary and ongoing obsessions: beauty, impermanence, history, social conscience and responsibility, and, always and most urgently, love. For all its necessary engagement with worry, sorrow, and fragility, As Far As You Know sings a final insistent chorus to what it loves: “You will live.”

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A. F. Moritz

A. F. Moritz is widely considered one of the defining and most beloved lyric poets of his generation. His many honours include a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Award in Literature from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, the Griffin Poetry Prize, the Bess Hokin Prize, and an Ingram Merrill Fellowship. He currently serves as the sixth poet laureate of the City of Toronto.

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Terrorism 11 $1.10

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The Ram – A Book Travels – A Throw of the Dice – Troubadour – How You Love, How You Think – As Far As You Know – Further Nudity – Naked to All … 18 $1.80

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Names of Birds – All One Limit – Baltimore May 2015 – The Unemployable: An Essay on Isolation – Philosopher and Southern Ohio – To the Reader – Before … 29 $2.90

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To the Soul – Man Changing into Thunderbird (Norval Morrisseau; 1977) – Dream – Escape to the Sea – The Commandment of Love – Our Dark Hands 14 $1.40

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The Fount of Every Name – The History of Grief – The Wanderer – Reverie – Love, Thou Art Absolute Sole Lord – Art of Surgery – Descent to the Dead – … 27 $2.70

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The One Who Answers the Call – Never to Be Exhausted – Gift, Distance – Fair and Dark – The Universe – Pronunciation – To Merwin – In the Past – … 22 $2.20