The Carpentered Hen and Other Tame Creatures

By John Updike

Date of ebook in ePub structure: 2012.


As a gift to John Updike on his 50th birthday, and as a deal with for his readers, his first e-book, a suite of sunshine verse initially released twenty-five years in the past, is introduced again into print, with an author’s foreword and a few small revisions.

Many of those poems have been written whilst the writer was once a tender artwork pupil in England and a “Talk of the Town” reporter for The New Yorker, which released over 40 of them. They care for the quiddities of items, the eccentricities of technology, quirks of yankee existence (especially as suggested in lifestyles journal in the course of these smiling Eisenhower years), and moments of epiphany in literature and nature. A number—“Ex-Basketball Player,” “Superman,” “Mirror,” “Quilt”—have been often reprinted in anthologies. All convey a pointy ear, a fond eye, and an lively even though now not consistently light-hearted fancy.

Written usually to amuse, Updike’s early verse used to be additionally, as his foreword states, “a method of facing the universe, an workout of the Word.” Admirers who be aware of him in general via his fiction could be thrilled to come across what he calls “these outdated evidences of my very own excessive spirits.”

The Carpentered Hen, lately a hard-to-get collector’s merchandise, now back.

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