Wednesday, March 18, 2009

John Updike's poetry

The March 16th edition of The New Yorker contains some really great poetry by John Updike. The poems on dying are elegant, thoughtful, moving.

See also Nicolaus Mills' "John Updike's Goodbye" in Dissent.


  1. I'll have to check this out. I saw Updike read in my hometown once, and I was deeply moved by the experience. Some of his work was only so-so, but the best of it was spectacular, and he could write the heck out of a sentence. He'll be missed.

  2. I think these poems are very good--I think through some of these poems, Updike was able to express the changing perspective a coming death brings. Some nice, creative turns of phrase, too.