The Afterlife of Objects

The Afterlife of Objects

by Dan Chiasson
     
 

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Both intensely personal and rooted in recognizable events of American life, The Afterlife of Objects is a kind of dreamed autobiography. The enigmas of an individual mind become, in Dan Chiasson's poems, puzzles with wider social and historical significance. This sophisticated debut collection asks us to imagine our selves back into real life, evoking highly

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Both intensely personal and rooted in recognizable events of American life, The Afterlife of Objects is a kind of dreamed autobiography. The enigmas of an individual mind become, in Dan Chiasson's poems, puzzles with wider social and historical significance. This sophisticated debut collection asks us to imagine our selves back into real life, evoking highly lyrical and pitched to the discordant music of contemporary life. Chiasson's poems provide one of the most poised and searching answers yet to Ralph Waldo Emerson's question, "Where do we find ourselves?"

Editorial Reviews

Washington Post Book World - Edward Hirsch
"A superb first book of poems. The Afterlife of Objects is a book of interventions and reckonings. It is intensely personal, but in a way that widens the space for our own reveries, our own re-imaginings. It invites us to imagine ourselves back into the selves—the worlds—we inherited."
Threepenny Review
“Chiasson is a poet of dazzling intellectual resources and unmatched sophistication. His temperament is rapacious, wily; his ear quick; his range of reference memorable, in part for the casual ease of its uses. . . . [He] is uniquely a poet for whom hiddenness is a profound psychic truth, a poet for whom guardedness corresponds to rather than precludes inwardness.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226103785
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
10/28/2002
Series:
Phoenix Poets Series Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
64
Sales rank:
1,210,433
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author

Dan Chiasson is an assistant professor of English at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. His poems have appeared in magazines such as Paris Review, Ploughshares Slate, Threepenny Review, and Partisian Review. He was named "Debut Poet" by the New Yorker in 2001.

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