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Thursday, January 10, 2008

Ray Carver: Even Better

NPR : Rights Battle Brews over Un-Edited Carver Stories: "In 1981, Knopf published a collection of short stories by Raymond Carver called What We Talk About When We Talk About Love."
Raymond Carver is one of my favorite contemporary poets, although most people know him as a short story writing. Absolutely fascinating that an editor would change his work so extensively. But I'd like to read the un-edited versions.
His poetry is sometimes spare, yet sometimes not. Here's a spare one:

Late Fragment
And did you get what
you wanted from this life, even so?
I did.
And what did you want?
To call myself beloved, to feel myself
beloved on the earth.

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