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Facing Nature

(1985)
A collection of poems by

 
 
John Updike's fifth collection of poetry faces nature on a number of levels. An opening section of sonnets touches upon death, aging, and, in a sequence of describing a week in Spain, insomnia and dread. The poems that follow consider nature in the form of seasons, of planting trees and being buried, of shadow and rain, of pain and accumulation, and of such human diversions as art and travel. The last poem here, and the longest in the book, undertakes a walking tour of each of Jupiter's four major moons, a scientific excursion that leads into the extravagant precisions of the "Seven Odes to Seven Natural Processes," a lyrical yet literal-minded celebration of some of the earthly forces that uphold and surround us. Finally, a dozen examples of light verse toy with such natural phenomena as presbyopia, the energy crunch, food, and sex. Like the best of the metaphysical poets, Mr. Updike embraces the world in all its forms and creates conceits out of the casual as well as the moments.



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Hardback Editions

January 1986 : UK Hardback
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Title: Facing Nature: Poems
Author(s): John Updike
ISBN: 0-233-97798-8 / 978-0-233-97798-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Distribution Services
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February 1985 : USA Hardback
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Title: Facing Nature
Author(s): John Updike
ISBN: 0-394-54385-8 / 978-0-394-54385-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Knopf
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April 2012 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Facing Nature
Author(s): John Updike
Publisher: Knopf
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