Winner of the American Book AwardDana Gioia, an internationally kwn poet and critic, is tably prolific with his essays, reviews, translations, and anthologies. But like his celebrated teacher, Elizabeth Bishop, Gioia is meticulously painstaking and self-critical about his own poems. In an active 25-year career he has published only two previous volumes of poetry. Although Gioia is often recognized as a leading force in the recent revival of rhyme and meter in American poetry, his own work does t fit neatly into any one style. Interrogations at Noon displays an extraordinary range of style and sensibility from rhymed couplets to free verse, from surrealist elegy to satirical ballad. What unites the poems is t a single approach but their resonant musicality and powerful but understated emotion. This new collection explores the uninvited epiphanies of love and marriage, probing the quiet mysteries of a seemingly settled domestic life. Meditating on the inescapable themes of lyric poetry time, mortality, nature, and the contradictions of the human heart Gioia turns them to provocative and unexpected ends.
An acclaimed poet, essayist, anthologist, BBC commentator, and critic, Dana Gioia is the author of three books of poems, the pioneering essay collection Can Poetry Matter?, and Nosferatu, a libretto. He was recently nominated to be Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts and lives in Santa Rosa, California, with his family.