A Box of Longing with Fifty Drawers

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Benka takes us on a re-imagining that cuts through the psychic landscape of America and explores the United States as a "a box of longing with fifty drawers." Like Whitman, Langston Hughes, and Allen Ginsberg before her, she expresses a profound regard for the possibility of America, while delineating the many ways in which America fails to deliver on its promise. She delves not so much into the growing cynicism of Americans as to the deep bewilderment and sadness of us. She asks the deepening question of what ...
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Overview


Benka takes us on a re-imagining that cuts through the psychic landscape of America and explores the United States as a "a box of longing with fifty drawers." Like Whitman, Langston Hughes, and Allen Ginsberg before her, she expresses a profound regard for the possibility of America, while delineating the many ways in which America fails to deliver on its promise. She delves not so much into the growing cynicism of Americans as to the deep bewilderment and sadness of us. She asks the deepening question of what is happening to core values such as economic justice, civil rights, a humane foreign policy, freedom and a decent life for everyone — and below that, what is happening to the individual psyches within a nation that has lost faith in itself.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932360844
  • Publisher: Soft Skull Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/28/2005
  • Pages: 76
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Table of Contents

We 1
The 2
People 3
Of 4
The 5
United 6
States 7
In 8
Order 9
To 10
Form 11
A 12
More 13
Perfect 14
Union 15
Establish 16
Justice 17
Insure 18
Domestic 19
Tranquility 20
Provide 21
For 22
The 23
Common 25
Defense 26
Promote 27
The 28
General 29
Welfare 30
And 31
Secure 32
The 33
Blessings 34
Of 35
Liberty 36
To 37
Ourselves 38
And 39
Our 40
Posterity 41
Do 42
Ordain 43
And 44
Establish 46
This 47
Constitution 48
For 49
The 50
United 51
States 52
Of 54
America 55
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