This complete collection of Moore's poetry, lovingly edited by prize-winning poet Grace Schulman, for the first time gathers together all of Moore's poems, including more than a hundred that were previously uncollected and unpublished. This long-awaited volume will reveal to Moore's admirers the scope of her poetic voice and will introduce new generations of readers to her extraordinary achievement.
The Poems of Marianne Moore, edited by her friend Grace Schulman, gathers some 100 previously uncollected, mostly early, poems and clarifies her poetic development. Moore died in New York City in 1972, at the age of 84, and until now the standard text has been the Complete Poems of 1967. The new edition reveals plainly how, as her poetry steadily evolved, what was foursquare became lopsided, discrepant, asymmetric. What was solid became fluid; what was fixed, untethered. Titles to poems lost their isolation (she converted them into first lines by bleeding them straight into the text) and the text itself dissolved into supplementary notes (some of her poems make little sense without them). Stanzas grew more rococo while, increasingly, the sentences inlaid into them originated and halted in unexpected places. Brad Leithauser