By David Herd
The poems during this assortment are made out of the fractured words and competing idioms of latest stream and the interpretation among private and non-private spaces—conversations that commence and are damaged off; public bulletins intervening in inner most events; an emergency that's approximately to spread within the heritage. Taking bearings from Dover and London and wrestling with topics of elegy and protest, legit constructions that make sure the place humans can move, and the futures that go them, the poems discover the social areas within which humans circulate. The booklet asks what it capability to be at huge on the planet and what language is on the market to rfile the adventure.
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Stevens, in finding you He chews upon his flesh. Chews it, Mr. Stevens, Like Donne down to the very bone. An island, Mr. Stevens, should be above such discoveries, Available but slightly mythological. Our resulting map will be misleading. Though it be drawn, Mr. Stevens, With the blood and flesh of both superimposed As ink on paper, it will be no picture, no tourist postcard Of the best of your contours reflected on water. It will be a map, Mr. Stevens, a county stiffened into symbols And that’s poetry too, Mr.
54—dc22 2008024997 CONTENTS Acknowledgments Introduction About This Edition I. ” The Song of the Bird in the Loins Babel 3 They Murdered You: An Elegy on the Death of Kenneth Rexroth A Poem to the Reader of the Poem Song for Bird and Myself A Poem Without a Single Bird in It The Unvert Manifesto and Other Papers Found in the Rare Book Room of the Boston Public Library in the Handwriting of Oliver Charming. By S. II. ” HELEN: A REVISION THE HEADS OF THE TOWN UP TO THE AETHER LAMENT FOR THE MAKERS A RED WHEELBARROW Three Marxist Essays THE HOLY GRAIL GOLEM MAP POEMS LANGUAGE BOOK OF MAGAZINE VERSE Chronology Notes on the Poems Bibliography Index of Titles Index of First Lines ACKNOWLEDGMENTS Many helped us in the years during which we edited this book.
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