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Anne Stevenson Shares Astonishment

 In her sixteenth collection of poems, one in which "the predominant tone is one of celebration," Anne Stevenson explores both her own past and the many changes in history and geography that have coincided with it. Astonishment's title is taken from a line by Derek Walcott—"The perpetual ideal is astonishment"—and Stevenson's poems reveal and discuss this ideal through examinations of nature, humanity, science, and emotion. Poetry Daily says, "Always what is amazing to her is that life exists at all, that the normal is also and amazingly the phenomenal."