Raymond Carver was born in Clatskanie, Oregon, in 1938. His first collection of stories, Will You Please Be Quiet, Please (a National Book Award nominee in 1977), was followed by What We Talk About When We Talk About Love, Cathedral (nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in 1984), and Where I'm Calling From in 1988, when he was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He died August 2, 1988, shortly after completing the poems of A New Path to the Waterfall.
"Carver's gifts as a storyteller shine through his poetry....
Sometimes a Carver poem also works as a short story, with all its
elements--character, diction, place, event--compressed intact into
the brevity of verse. And sometimes Carver delivers the goods in
pure lyrical form, in words as full of yearning and sensibility as
those of a very young man, but poems possessing the hard-won
qualities of focus, stillness and irony only rewarded by
--Los Angeles Times