A New Path to the Waterfall

A New Path to the Waterfall Raymond Carver author of Where I m Calling From is widely considered one of the great short story writers of our time A New Path to the Waterfall was Carver s last book and shows a writer telling t

  • Title: A New Path to the Waterfall
  • Author: Raymond Carver Tess Gallagher
  • ISBN: 9780871133748
  • Page: 445
  • Format: Paperback
  • Raymond Carver, author of Where I m Calling From, is widely considered one of the great short story writers of our time A New Path to the Waterfall was Carver s last book, and shows a writer telling the truth as best as he knows how in the time left to him The sixty odd poems in this collection are linked by Carver with selections from other writers, most notably ChekhovRaymond Carver, author of Where I m Calling From, is widely considered one of the great short story writers of our time A New Path to the Waterfall was Carver s last book, and shows a writer telling the truth as best as he knows how in the time left to him The sixty odd poems in this collection are linked by Carver with selections from other writers, most notably Chekhov, whose work was an inspiration and a guide, and by the cumulative force of the life and death questions he poses in them As Rilke s Letters to a Young Poet guided countless readers discovering their true love and work, Carver s book will guide those in the process of celebrating a limited life and mourning the inescapable end of it A New Path to the Waterfall is an essential book for those who admire Carver s work, and testament to the transcendent strength of the human spirit In her introductory essay, Tess Gallagher, Carver s companion and fellow writer, lays out the circumstances of their last years together with matter of fact grace.

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    1. The Human Heart, That Old Port Raymond Carver was one of the best short story writers of all time. He came from a chaotic working class family, with a violent alcoholic father. He himself pretty much destroyed his life through alcohol abuse, and many of his stories emerged out of that life and his experiences with AA. He was married at 19, had three kids by the time he was 23, and early on admits he made “full-time drinking as a serious pursuit.” He was dead by fifty, but ten years before he [...]

    2. Love Carver. Hands down he's my favorite author. I love his funny reflections on his former life of heavy drinking. He never quit smoking though which lead to his death. Since it's written by Carver when he knows he's dying, it's also very powerful. It includes my favorite poem:No other word will do. For that's what it was.Gravy.Gravy, these past ten years.Alive, sober, working, loving, andbeing loved by a good woman. Eleven yearsago he was told he had six months to liveat the rate he was going. [...]

    3. Sometimes, briefly, I wish I could separate concerns about craftsmanship from emotional impact. Shortly after those times, I usually think about how deeply intertwined the two are, and how that distinction is maybe a stupid one to make, because ideally, art makes interesting use of the overlap. No author sits as neatly at the tense point between those two concerns than Raymond Carver the poet. And no collection of his work better embodies his no-frills depiction of deep emotional currents than t [...]

    4. while his poetry isn't as stellar as his prose, Carver is still a force to be reckoned with. The poems that ended this volume powerful stuff to actually read this man accepting his death is incredible. With that said, don't start here if you are just getting into Carver. Do some short stories, then migrate to his poetry. This book made me cry. Well done.

    5. I love Carver's stories as much as anyone, but man do these poems stink. I've given the collection two stars because there is a compelling, touching quality in these heartfelt confessions, but they're really not at all good.

    6. It is a testament to Carver's commitment to poetry that this book even exists. He knew the end was getting near, and he continued to sent us these reports; this is how it feels, this is what it's likeAs honest and powerful as the prose he is more well known for.

    7. In one of the poems in Raymond Carver's "A New Path to the Waterfall ", called "His Bathrobe Pockets Stuffed with Notes", Ray Carver describes provides a list of short, written fragments found in someone's bathrobe pockets. To whom the bathrobe belongs to is a bit unclear. Butn I suspect it's supposed to be Ray Carver himself. In the poem, the notes in his pockets cover everything from personal memories, to a recollection of a Belgian painter, to Star Trek, and in many ways, that's what "A New P [...]

    8. I think Carver, if he had lived, could of been a good poet. There are some good poems in A New Path to the Waterfall, but there are also some bad ones, ones that could of been cut down (like in half), and just plain old blocks of prose (and I'm flexible on that). This collection was ambitious in design, as it is broken up by re-cast passages from the writings (mainly) of Checkhov that are meant portray the great Russian writer as a poet at heart. You'll get no argument from me. These passages ar [...]

    9. An impulse buy (of $1.50 at the library), "Waterfall" is a priceless addition to my bookshelf. I've long love Carver's stories (starting with "Cathedral"), and I had no idea that he wrote poetry before his death in the late 1980's. More surprising still, "Waterfall" is his final collection, a kind of homage to his own life and thoughts. His wife, Tess Gallagher, seems to have assembled it posthumously, and every poem has the urgency of waning days. Some startling quotes from Chekhov are scattere [...]

    10. I wept while reading the intro to this book. Tess Gallagher put together Raymond Carver's poems after his death and wrote about the experience. What an amazing memorial to him and to their relationship. He had cancer and knew he was dying and she stayed with him till the end. Carver was famous for his fiction but his poetry is not to be missed, my favorite is the famous line (I'm paraphrasing here) "everything after that was gravy." It has to do with the knowing he was dying and the time he had [...]

    11. this probably got an extra star because it was carver's last book, and you can feel his urgency, his intensity, his candle burning bright before the dawn. that said, after reading the introduction, which i read last, i see what they were trying to do with all the quotes from chekhov and others, but while reading it just felt like annoying filler. also, the poems in here are uneven in terms of quality, but it is worth it for the ones at the top of the scale.

    12. Want to read this because of the coda, "Late Fragments" that was mentioned on HMH LiT Tumblr (hmhbooks.tumblr/post/72621 And did you get whatyou wanted from this life, even so?I did.And what did you want?To call myself beloved, to feel myselfbeloved on the earth.

    13. I read this in one sitting; then returned to it over a few days, as I often will with poems. I think in the second and third reading of some poems I wanted to find there the genius we find in Carver's stories. I'm afraid, try as I might, I couldn't. I do want to love his poetry.Why doesn't it work? I felt there was no compelling reason for many of these to be poems at all. I couldn't find there that diamond-hard precision in language that we find in the stories or we find in poetry elsewhere. Th [...]

    14. So, I still don't think Raymond Carver is a very good poet. That didn't stop me from loving some of the short-storiest of the works in this collection. 'What the Doctor Said' is deservedly well-known, for making universal one of those tragic, tragi-comic moments:He said it doesn't look goodhe said it looks bad in fact real badhe said I counted thirty-two of them on one lung beforeI quit counting themI said I'm glad I wouldn't want to knowabout any more being there than thathe said are you a reli [...]

    15. The ending of this squeaks it into a 3-star review because it had a handful of better poems than the front half, but largely, this was underwhelming. It's Carver's last book, poetry not prose, after he was diagnosed with cancer, and right before he died. It was a race to finish it while he was dying, and it feels like it, and it feels like he was just in a weird place, mentally. Which I don't doubt, but it comes out empty on the page, except at a few poems near the end, where the emotion really [...]

    16. This was Raymond Carver's 11th and apparently last book of poems, published after his death by his wife Tess Gallagher, who writes a long, thoughtful introduction describing Carver's last months before dying of cancer at age 50. Unlike his previous collection, "Where Water Comes Together With Other Water," this book has a number of poems that are more dream-like and surreal, the references not always easy to grasp. There are story poems that resemble the characters and situations in his short st [...]

    17. A collection of poetry assembled towards the end of Carver's life. Interspersed between his writings are selected poems from other writers, most notably a sizeable collection of Chekov. I didn't feel like the collection was doing much for me until the last third of the book - the reflections on Carver's life, sickness, diagnosis and acceptance of death are incredibly moving. The poems regarding his decision to marry Tess are simply gorgeous and by the end I was holding back tears. Beautiful writ [...]

    18. Excellent. Last testament to Carver. Easy to read, casual, honest poems. Though wonderful, Carver's stories can sometimes be constructs pretending not to be constructs. These poems are not pretending to be anything and by openly quoting his sources of inspiration there's an additional layer of modesty and honesty. Most of all this collection gave me pause for thought about who Raymond Carver really was, what he was like, and we find him generous, compassionate and full of gratitude. This collect [...]

    19. This poetry, which reads like prose, is moving! I had found a framed poem with ink-drawn illustration in a Goodwill bin, chased down the poet and got this book, which collects his last poetry, and was published after his death. The poem I first found is "Late Fragment." And did you get whatyou wanted from this life, even so?I did.And what did you want?To call myself beloved, to feel myselfbeloved on the earth.

    20. Some poems in this collection are certainly stronger than others. I prefer Carver's longer prose poetry, and there are a handful of stunning prose poems in this collection. I cried at several of them, which, for me anyhow, points to their magnitude on the emotional richter scale; in other words, a poem that makes me cry is a damn good poem! It was fun to read Carver as a poet. It appears that fiction was his wife, poetry his mistress!!!!

    21. With writing as personal and honest as this book, it feels weird to offer a review. Carver gives an affective goodbye to literature and his life, by looking back and looking forward, searching for something that, even if it's not an escape from his past, is the next best step. It seems that after reading this collection, you get to see something of Carver that can only be seen through his poetry. (Try "Gravy" on for size.)

    22. This is a collection I will reread in perpetuity. Published posthumously but prepared for publication with the love and support of Carver's wife, Tess Gallagher, these poems pack an incredible punch via relatively simple musings on mortality. Fatality this raw could be terribly morbid but Carver's lines are tinged with the joy and wrought with appreciation for life and it's simplicity despite the finite time spent living.

    23. I've never read Raymond Carver's fiction, but his poetry is strong and insightful. He gets personal (I love being there when he puts on his robe at night and puts his hands into the pockets only to find scraps of paper with ideas on them feels very in the moment) in a comfortable way, and the way he loves Tess Gallagher made me happy. This is a charming collection.

    24. The intro to this book is so moving and sad, and gives so much context to the work within. A tragic but beautiful collection. Still can't decide if it's better to know you're dying, to have the time to reflect on it and enact final wishes and what not (this book is proof of how agonizing it must be), or to just be surprised by a sudden end someday.

    25. A highly personal, reflective collection from Carver at the end of his life in the knowledge that the end is nigh. His awareness of his terminal condition makes his poems all the more powerful and universal in appeal. Definitely something to return to, and especially in old age.

    26. I had no idea who Carver was until some years after I read the book. I bought the book for the title and the effect of the first few pages on me. Being able to write honestly about one's own impending death is an extraordinary accomplishment.

    27. Another collection of poems by Carver- a better writer of stories- collected as I understand as he was preparing to die. He was a sick man for a long time and wasted his talents. This is his signing off I guess.

    28. Interesting collection of poems and prose by Carver, his last book. The book has a very good introduction by Tess Gallagher and also includes work by some other authors most notably Anton Chekhov a hero of Carver's.

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