Pennyweight Windows: New & Selected Poems

Pennyweight Windows: New & Selected Poems


Donald Revell

2005 LA Times Book Prize in Poetry Finalist

“Donald Revell’s selected poems, Pennyweight Windows, contains some of the most interesting American poems written in the last twenty years. Revell at his best is a writer of unusual intellectual rigor and great lyrical poignancy: his mind is tuned to adages and axioms, pre-Socratic mind-tricks and the gnomic observations of Thoreau; but he has a big, vulnerable heart that tries to live in our world among our entanglements.” —Poetry

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Donald Revell is the author of fifteen collections of poetry, most recently of The English Boat (2018) and Drought-Adapted Vine (2015), both from Alice James Books. Revell has also published six volumes of translations from the French, including Apollinaire’s Alcools, Rimbaud’s A Season in Hell, Laforgue’s Last Verses, and Verlaine's Songs without Words. His critical writings have been collected as: Essay: A Critical Memoir; The Art of Attention; and Invisible Green: Selected Prose. Winner of the PEN USA Translation Award and two-time winner of the PEN USA Award for Poetry, he has also won the Academy of American Poets’ Lenore Marshall Prize and is a former Fellow of the Ingram Merrill and Guggenheim Foundations. Additionally, he has twice been awarded Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts.  Having previously taught at the Universities of Alabama, Denver, Iowa, Missouri, Tennessee, and Utah, Donald Revell is currently a Professor of English at UNLV and faculty affiliate of the Black Mountain Institute.

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Additional Praise:

“The new poems, collected along with all the best of the old in Revell’s 2005 career-spanning volume, Pennyweight Windows: New & Selected Poems…remind me of James Wright, of music by the Postal Service and Low, of the most beautiful diary in the world: Its desert-burnished gems await you now.” —City Pages “2005 Artists of the Year” Issue

“To read this selection from Donald Revell’s 20-plus years of making poems is to witness the evolution of both an individual poet and the poetics of an entire era.” —Boston Review

Pennyweight Windows heralds a major reclamation: the right of a poet to be sincere. Revell’s achievement is in his acceptance of the risks of that sincerety. And this is the refreshing fact of these poems, all of them, as different as they are in form across the twenty years of their writing: they make no excuses for us, even in their essential humanity. They discern honestly human barbarism. But over that, they discern and express beauty—in nature, in humanity, and, yes, in God and the human quest to understand him.” —Speakeasy

“It takes guts to write more poems about peace, war, God and children, but Revell’s are so fresh, it’s as if he’s the first person ever to do it.” —TIME Magazine

“For over twenty years, Donald Revell has used the pastoral as a tool of protest/revolution against violence and war and as a guide to peace, arguing for personal and political growth in precise, delicate lyrics. Includes a new group of poems, and much of the finest work from Revell’s eight previous collections. A major collection from “…an increasingly important poet for our times” (The Antioch Review). “Donald Revell’s spectacular new-and-selected amounts to three very good poetry books for the price of one—the first by a dejected urbanite who thinks he’s watching America, and his own private life, slowly collapse; one by a maker of puzzles, mazes, and spells; and one by an open-hearted, charitable, mystically inclined father, husband, and Christian believer who cherishes southern Nevada. I’d recommend any of those three on their own; the trio is irresistible.” —The Believer

“PW said last year that Revell was due for a career retrospective, and this ample and almost shockingly varied cull of poems from eight books rewards that call richly.” —Publishers Weekly

“For 30 years, Revell has pointed the telescope of his intelligence at the heavens and attempted to describe what he sees when he looks upward. But our knowledge of the constellations has dimmed in recent years. We need God to be closer these days, to be more tangible yet. Revell has finally learned that lesson. Pennyweight Windows charts his zigzagging journey to that wisdom.” —Salt Lake City Weekly

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