New and Selected Poems 1963-2013

Richard Dauenhauer


Richard Dauenhauer

Distributed for University of Alaska Press

264 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2013
Paper $19.95 ISBN: 9781602232099 Published November 2013
E-book $7.00 to $19.95 ISBN: 9781602232105 Published November 2013
Russian, German, Tlingit. Like the languages he translates, Richard Dauenhauer’s poetry offers unexpected surprises. A prolific translator who also works in Finnish, Swedish, and classical Greek, he has a poetic command of language that has earned him wide recognition over fifty years of published work. Benchmarks spans these decades of writing, and each poem contained within marks a certain place in time and space, like a surveyor’s benchmark. The poems play with language while focusing on the land and people of Alaska. And like Alaska itself, this book offers a variety of delights—readers will find a new experience with each turn.


New Poems, Part One: The Genealogy of Beer

New Poems, Part Two: Juneau Sketches

New Poems, Part Three: Congestive Heart Failure: Letting Go

New Poems, Part Four: Excerpts from the Cycle Lacrimosa: The Social Web of Cancer

New Poems, Part Five: Harvesting

Selected Poems, Part One: Poems from Little Magazines, 1963-1969

Selected Poems, Part Two: From Phenologies

Selected Poems, Part Three: From Glacier Bay Concerto

Selected Poems, Part Four: From The Shroud of Shaawat Séek

Selected Poems, Part Five: From Frames of Reference


About the Author

Book Publications in Creative Writing

Major Book Publications on Tlingit by Nora Marks Dauenhauer and Richard Dauenhauer

Review Quotes
Sheila Nickerson, former poet laureate of Alaska and author of Midnight to the North: The Untold Story of the Woman Who Saved the Polaris Expedition
“Any reader interested in the best Alaska poetry would want Benchmarks. This book is a work of northern experience by a writer dedicated to that experience. It is a work, moreover, that could alter and deepen perception of Alaska and bring new appreciation to circumpolar literature."
John Morgan, author of Spear-Fishing on the Chatanika: New and Selected Poems and Forms of Feeling: Poetry in Our Lives
"The many poems included cover a wide range of subjects and approaches, each with a deft feeling for form and poetic line. The variety is hardly surprising in a book covering fifty years of poetic activity."
Peggy Shumaker, former Alaska State Writer Laureate

"Those of us privileged to know Dick Dauenhauer will remember his ready wit, his dancing eyes, his rascal’s laughter. . . . We’ll remember Dick’s many languages and how he moved with grace among so many of the world’s cultures over the centuries. . . . Those who didn’t get to meet him can get acquainted through his poetry, the fine example of his words, strong and vital, vibrant with curiosity and learning. His ’Benchmarks’ remain to help us find our way."

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