Atlas: Poems

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Blank verse poems about history, culture, and language. Like a literal road atlas, the poems carry lines and themes from one to the next. Like Atlas holding up the world, they hold patterns of all kinds aloft with an attention that transforms. The poems also are an atlas of the known world, capturing the way events repeat across time and place, as in one poem that links the image of her sister, pausing in her work as housekeeper, with the contours of a maid in a Vermeer painting and a woman just "made over" on ...
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Overview


Blank verse poems about history, culture, and language. Like a literal road atlas, the poems carry lines and themes from one to the next. Like Atlas holding up the world, they hold patterns of all kinds aloft with an attention that transforms. The poems also are an atlas of the known world, capturing the way events repeat across time and place, as in one poem that links the image of her sister, pausing in her work as housekeeper, with the contours of a maid in a Vermeer painting and a woman just "made over" on that day's episode of Oprah. Vandenberg's poems use family artifacts, memory, and imagination to plot the intersections of love, death, history, art, and desire. In the first section, "Trade Routes," about connections, each poem moves back one generation to investigate the ways events reverberate across time. The second section, "The Red Fields of Lisse (A Love Story)," focuses on a former partner, a hemophiliac with AIDS, and tulips. The third section, "Catalog of Want," contains poems about desire in various guises. The last section, "A Place Ten Years Away," reexamines the themes of the first three sections.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781571314192
  • Publisher: Milkweed Editions
  • Publication date: 9/28/2004
  • Pages: 78
  • Sales rank: 646,901
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Woman in plaid shirt writing a poem 5
All those women on fine September afternoons 7
A photograph of Maria Florence 8
The floating 10
First lesson : the anatomist explains the primacy of imagination 11
The third wonder of the world 13
New words 15
Marriage portrait of the Arnolfinis 16
Remembering him dying 18
Entertaining your father in the Netherlands 19
Tulipomania 23
The love of blood 25
The problem with the pills 27
The herbalist's nightshade song 29
Red shoes 30
Diptych : beauty and the beast 32
Hunger winter 34
On the fate of the tulip sultan 36
Home on the Dutch Queen's birthday 41
Aphrodisia song 43
5, rue Amyot 44
Nineteen 45
Vermeer 46
Honey, I think you can 47
Pesto in August 48
Consuming desire 50
I meet my grandmother in Italy 52
The sunflowers of Arles 53
First snowfall in St. Paul 57
Engine 58
Rosary 60
Essence, origin 62
The young widow's conception of faith 64
Anatomy lesson #2 : the palpation of bony landmarks 65
The green rivers over their faces 66
Tonight I can write the saddest lines 67
Finding a book I forgot he owned at the used bookstore years after his death 69
Suppose 70
Jack O'Lantern 72
Maturity 74
Marrying late 76
Record 77
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