Press Release: Pack, Still Here, Still Now

June 20, 2008
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Robert Pack is, in the words of Mark Strand, “one of America’s most distinguished poets,” and Harold Bloom has praised him as “a humane and eloquent poet who follows Robert Frost and Edwin Arlington Robinson in a major American tradition.” A force in American poetry since the late 1950s, Pack delivers here his nineteenth book of verse, offering many of the elements that his devoted readers have come to admire and expect—both the humorous and the elegiac—while considering themes stretching from biblical concerns to meditations on contemporary science. As always, Pack’s poetry, in styles ranging from lyric to narrative, is composed in strongly rhythmic cadences and a diction that is direct and accessible. Ripe with many years, Pack remains a vital presence in American letters, and the power of his poetry still abides. Still Here, Still Now is an affecting and graceful addition to the oeuvre of a poet whose compelling and distinct voice will continue to resonate.
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