The Illustrations
Poems by Norman Dubie

With a note by Richard Howard

The Braziller Series of Poetry

January 17, 1977
Hardcover, 90 pages
8.9 x 5.8 x 0.6 inches

ISBN-13: 978-0807608579 

"From the first, Norman Dubie's poems have contested the limits of the lyric, enlarging by their experimental example our current overlimited notions of poetic point of view, image, and structure. Few poets have had so severe a vision of scene and story, or the stamina to pursue it at length. Through many identities- at times tellingly evasive, at times confessional- Dubie's poems register a sensuous, tough, and ennobling view. And they take up the difficulties of personal histories-- intimate and cultural, told or insinuated. Every speaker confronts a difficult subject, a test of composure. These are in large measure the poems of people who cannot help themselves and for whom the change to report their circumstances is an occasion for courage and dignity-- all in the language." - Marvin Bell

"In these brilliant visions, we see things we have come to refuse: the lucidity of terror, the revealed beauty of carnage and destruction- and, especially, the infinite tendersness of the heart of human history. Dubie's poems make us choose life exactly when we have learend to most deny it. " - Jon Anderson

Norman Dubie was born in Barre, Vermont in 1945. He is the author of several collections of poems and has recieved a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Bess Hokin Award from the Modern Poetry Association, and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.