American Fractal

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Each portion forming a reduced-size copy of the whole, a fractal is forever fragmented, both chaotic and ordered, endlessly complex.  Timothy Green’s American Fractal sees this pattern emerge from the fabric of modern culture, as it navigates the personal, the political, and the metaphysical, in a lyric dreamscape in which an eerie chaos lurks just behind the façade of order—where “what looks like / a river...could be a log,” “…as if accident were / the fundamental attribute of life.”  In separate ...

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Overview

Each portion forming a reduced-size copy of the whole, a fractal is forever fragmented, both chaotic and ordered, endlessly complex.  Timothy Green’s American Fractal sees this pattern emerge from the fabric of modern culture, as it navigates the personal, the political, and the metaphysical, in a lyric dreamscape in which an eerie chaos lurks just behind the façade of order—where “what looks like / a river...could be a log,” “…as if accident were / the fundamental attribute of life.”  In separate poems, one man sells ad space on his forehead, while another examines the multitudes of his own voice on an audio cassette recorder.  Each life is but another section of the fractal, the past and the future two mirrors that face each other to perpetuate the illusion of infinites.  At turns evocative and sweetly ironic, Green straddles the line between accessibility and complexity, exploring “how the wind whispers our secrets,” how “that little tremor” of understanding “touches your sleeve, lets go.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597091305
  • Publisher: Red Hen Press
  • Publication date: 2/15/2009
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 104
  • Sales rank: 1,448,696
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Timothy Green was born in Rochester, New York, in 1980.  He worked in an mRNA research lab, and as a group home counselor for mentally ill adults, before moving west to serve as editor of the poetry journal RATTLE.  His poems have appeared in many journals, including The Connecticut Review, The Florida Review, Fugue, Mid-American Review, and Nimrod International Journal.  Green has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and is winner of the 2006 Phi Kappa Phi award from the University of Southern California.  He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, the poet Megan O’Reilly Green.  American Fractal is his first book-length collection.

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Table of Contents

Contents:

 

 

I

 

The Body                                                                     8

Thanksgiving Was Over                                              10

Some Proof                                                                 11

To Montevideo                                                            12

Hip                                                                              13

Midnight Mass                                                            14

“Fifty-Hour Online Gaming Binge Proves Fatal”     16

Her Face Once                                                            18

The Memory of Water                                                 19

Poem from the Homeland                                           20

 

 

II

 

Poem from Dark Matter                                             22

Poem for the Valentines                                             23

Hiking Alone                                                               24

Hiking Together                                                          26

Beach Scene                                                                27

2.9                                                                               28

What Passes for Optimism at MacArthur Park          29

How I’d Explain It                                                      30

Playing Our Part                                                        31

American Fractal                                                        32

 

 

III

 

Cooking Dinner                                                          36

After Hopper                                                               38

Meditation on the Six Healing Sounds                        39

“High on Hog”                                                           40

Microcassette                                                              41

Pot Luck                                                                     43

On the Phone My Mother                                           44

Before the Flood                                                         45

Diorama                                                                      46

Beating Balaam’s Ass                                                 47

 

 

 

 

 

IV

 

Old Mother Tarantula                                                 49

Man Auctions Ad Space on Forehead                                    50

The Sense of Being Looked At                                                51

The Good Times                                                          52

Pluots and Apriums                                                    53

Cutlery                                                                                    54

Impressionism                                                             56

A Tourist’s Guide Through Big Sky Country              57

Apocrypha                                                                   58

Vigilance: What You’ll Miss                                        59

           

           

V

 

White Noise                                                                 61

Applauding the ods                                                  62

Saddled                                                                       64

The Urge to Break Things                                          65

Family Tree                                                                 66

A Letter to Someone I Barely Remember                    67

The Bending of Birches                                               68

A Constant Lack of Hunger                                        70

Cheers                                                                         71

In the Parking Lot of Our Dreams                             72

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