American Melancholy: Poems


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$26.99  $24.83
Ecco Press
Publish Date
February 09, 2021
6.2 X 9.1 X 0.9 inches | 0.66 pounds
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About the Author

Joyce Carol Oates, an award-winning author of fiction, nonfiction, short stories, plays, and novellas, is the author of some of the most enduring fiction of our time, including two New York Times bestsellers. Her books have won the National Book Award, O. Henry Award, the Jerusalem Prize, and the National Humanities Medal, among others. Her work has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize several times. She has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1978.


Joyce Carol Oates is a ventriloquist of mind. In these startling new poems, she enters human suffering, her own and that of others, with a disarming imaginative directness. Her empathy for others lights these scary poems from the inside out. The mental and emotional suffering that she uncovers in people's stories come to feel like our own, a crucial reminder that we are all here together in what seem like the last days. Frontal in their imagining yet deeply compassionate, these are poems we need right now.--Chase Twichell, author of Things as It Is
Here is Joyce Carol Oates in her immense capacity to see human frailty. In poems that are both tensely concise and loosely expansive, she is an accessible experimenter. Humiliation and failure cannot be escaped. But sweetness and mercy emerge, too. American Melancoly is a fervid, painful, virtuosic book.--Henri Cole