The Available World

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“[Ander Monson’s] poems celebrate defiant excess. In this land of scarcity, right-living involves using up what you have, where you have it; otherwise someone might wreck, steal, or use it and you might not get any. A carpe diem for obscure, doomed youth.”—Stephen Burt

Inspired by the cult Japanese video game Katamari Damacy, these poems increase in size and momentum, rolling more and more into their orbits as they go. Formally inventive and ...

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Overview

“[Ander Monson’s] poems celebrate defiant excess. In this land of scarcity, right-living involves using up what you have, where you have it; otherwise someone might wreck, steal, or use it and you might not get any. A carpe diem for obscure, doomed youth.”—Stephen Burt

Inspired by the cult Japanese video game Katamari Damacy, these poems increase in size and momentum, rolling more and more into their orbits as they go. Formally inventive and fun, The Available World examines the beauty and terror of excess.

Ander Monson lives in Tucson, Arizona.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Monson has become increasingly well-known for his unusual books of prose (most recently, Vanishing Point), which toy with and subvert traditional notions of narrative and memoir, but he is, at heart, a poet, as this second collection attests. Hyperactive, and as much a product of the Internet age as they are about its phenomena--addiction to buying stuff, obsession with minor celebrities, general information overload--these poems tour a consciousness that can't quite figure out where it begins and ends. Accounts of Web browsing come off like lovely pastorals ("Online: sprinkling clicks among the pixels"), and vicarious living brings a surprising freshness to the everyday, "as if I've never seen/ the world in which I live before." A series of poems called "Availability" ravel together Star Trek actor-cum-Twitter celeb Wil Wheaton, wine scholarship and "Blackberries rustling in silent in pockets" in an attempt at intimacy with a beloved. There's a series of sermons, an "Elegy for Beotch" and disoriented recollections of bygone technology: "Last year's winter storm warnings/ replaying on a VCR.// What's a VCR?" The occasional prosiness of these poems is countered by the surprising music they bring to so many unpoetic things. The best will inspire readers to follow Monson's order to "Keep it all on your memory disks." (July)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932511833
  • Publisher: Sarabande Books
  • Publication date: 7/1/2010
  • Pages: 72
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author


Ander Monson is the author of three published books (Neck Deep and Other Predicaments, Other Electricities, Vacationland), and one forthcoming (Vanishing Point, Graywolf, 2010). He is the editor DIAGRAM Magazine and the New Michigan Press. Though he lives in Tucson where he teaches at the University of Arizona, his heart still resides thirty hours northeast by car.
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Table of Contents

One Availability

Rich World 3

On Basketball 5

Sermon, Now Encrypted 7

Availability 10

Some of Us Have Fewer 12

Sometimes the Air Surrounding Me Is Sudden with Flowers 13

Sermon for the Day After the Last Missed Apocalypse Prediction 15

From the Anthology of Dreams of Death: Dream that Ends with an Axe in a Garage Wall 17

For Orts 19

Nihilist Desire 21

I Have Been Trying to Make Something Happen 23

Two Availability

Version of Hush 27

Avatar: Eclogue 28

Stopped-Up Gutter Sermon Found Underneath an Ear that Was Pressed to the Ground 30

Availability 32

Pissing Listening to Elinor Benedict 35

More Precisely 36

Work-Related Injury Sermon 37

A Brief History of the Kiss According to the Reverend 40

Can We Get to the Center of It 42

Trace 43

At Night My Armless Brother's Heart Sounds Like This: Systole & Diastole 44

This Simulation: Tour 46

Wil Wheaton as Icarus, Descending 48

Ordinary Experience 49

Sermon for the Midway Point 51

Methylchloroisothiazolinone 52

Exhaust 53

Three Deciduousness

Before Vandalism 57

Detail of My Sort of Light 59

More and More Availability 60

Short Sermon on/for the Serious Number 64

The Usual Kind of Coma 67

Dear Boar 69

This Calculus Sermon 73

Any Vanishing Point Is as Good as This 74

Maybe Visionary Sermon 75

It's True, I Love the Shape of Steam 77

Slow Dance with Icarus 79

Sermon in Ribbons 81

Elegy for Beotch 82

Eminent Domain 84

Acknowledgments 87

The Author 91

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