Carnations

Carnations

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by Anthony Carelli
     
 

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In Anthony Carelli’s remarkable debut, Carnations, the poems attempt to reanimate dead metaphors as blossoms: wild and lovely but also fleeting, mortal, and averse to the touch. Here, the poems are carnations, not only flowers, but also body-making words. Nodding to influences as varied as George Herbert, Francis Ponge, Fernando Pessoa, and D. H.

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In Anthony Carelli’s remarkable debut, Carnations, the poems attempt to reanimate dead metaphors as blossoms: wild and lovely but also fleeting, mortal, and averse to the touch. Here, the poems are carnations, not only flowers, but also body-making words. Nodding to influences as varied as George Herbert, Francis Ponge, Fernando Pessoa, and D. H. Lawrence, Carelli asserts that the poet’s materials--words, objects, phenomena--are sacred, wilting in the moment, yet perennially renewed. Often taking titles from a biblical vocabulary, Carnations reminds us that unremarkable places and events--a game of Frisbee in a winter park, workers stacking panes in a glass factory, or the daily opening of a café--can, in a blink, be new. A short walk home is briefly transformed into a cathedral, and the work-worn body becomes a dancer, a prophet, a muse.
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From Carnations:
THE PROPHETS

Anthony Carelli

A river. And if not the river nearby, then a dream
  of a river. Nothing happens that doesn’t happen
    along a river, however humble the water may be.

Take Rowan Creek, the trickle struggling to lug
  its mirroring across Poynette, wherein, suspended,
    so gentle and shallow, I learned to walk, bobbing

at my father’s knees. Later, whenever we tried
  to meander on our inner tubes, we’d get lodged
    on the bottom. Seth, remember, no matter how we’d

kick and shove off, we’d just get lodged again?
  At most an afternoon would carry us a hundred feet
    toward the willows. We’d piss ourselves on purpose

just to feel the spirits of our warmth haloing out.
  And once, two bald men on the footbridge, bowing
    in the sky, stared down at us without a word.

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Editorial Reviews

Booklist
There is no poem entitled Carnations in Carelli's first collection. But affection is its master mood, the affection of a vital young man for the world of his experience. . . . They're real experiences, conducive to mixed feelings, yet Carelli writes of them in language so enlivening and fresh that they become blessings, which may be why most of the poems have churchly and theological titles.
— Ray Olson
On the Seawall blog
Carnations pays homage to the poet's masters and ushers in an exciting new talent. . . . [T]his wonderful collection is as good a guide as they get.
— Piotr Florczyk
Newark Star-Ledger
Readers may fervently wish that this promisingly talented writer never quits his day job, as warming student egos in classrooms might possibly prove less inspirational than pies in Brooklyn.
— Benjamin Ivry
The Observer
I picked up Anthony Carelli's Carnations, a first collection, not expecting to linger but curious, not least because Princeton's outstanding contemporary poets series, edited by Paul Muldoon, is reliably unpredictable. And as soon as I had started, I was charmed. . . . He is able to write in a way that allows for the sublime and the absurd to come together. But Carelli's free-flowering humour never distracts from his purpose and the ending is masterly.
Rain Taxi Review of Books
This is a magnificent book. . . . Ooh! God bless these poems!
— Raphael Allison
Tribune
[W]arm, conversational and colloquial.
— Keith Richmond
Booklist - Ray Olson
There is no poem entitled Carnations in Carelli's first collection. But affection is its master mood, the affection of a vital young man for the world of his experience. . . . They're real experiences, conducive to mixed feelings, yet Carelli writes of them in language so enlivening and fresh that they become blessings, which may be why most of the poems have churchly and theological titles.
On the Seawall blog - Piotr Florczyk
Carnations pays homage to the poet's masters and ushers in an exciting new talent. . . . [T]his wonderful collection is as good a guide as they get.
Newark Star-Ledger - Benjamin Ivry
Readers may fervently wish that this promisingly talented writer never quits his day job, as warming student egos in classrooms might possibly prove less inspirational than pies in Brooklyn.
Rain Taxi Review of Books - Raphael Allison
This is a magnificent book. . . . Ooh! God bless these poems!
Tribune - Keith Richmond
[W]arm, conversational and colloquial.
From the Publisher
Winner of a 2015 Whiting Award, Whiting Foundation

Finalist for the 2012 Levis Reading Prize, Virginia Commonwealth University

"There is no poem entitled Carnations in Carelli's first collection. But affection is its master mood, the affection of a vital young man for the world of his experience. . . . They're real experiences, conducive to mixed feelings, yet Carelli writes of them in language so enlivening and fresh that they become blessings, which may be why most of the poems have churchly and theological titles."—Ray Olson, Booklist

"Carnations pays homage to the poet's masters and ushers in an exciting new talent. . . . [T]his wonderful collection is as good a guide as they get."—Piotr Florczyk, On the Seawall blog

"Readers may fervently wish that this promisingly talented writer never quits his day job, as warming student egos in classrooms might possibly prove less inspirational than pies in Brooklyn."—Benjamin Ivry, Newark Star-Ledger

"I picked up Anthony Carelli's Carnations, a first collection, not expecting to linger but curious, not least because Princeton's outstanding contemporary poets series, edited by Paul Muldoon, is reliably unpredictable. And as soon as I had started, I was charmed. . . . He is able to write in a way that allows for the sublime and the absurd to come together. But Carelli's free-flowering humour never distracts from his purpose and the ending is masterly."The Observer (Poetry Book of the Month)

"This is a magnificent book. . . . Ooh! God bless these poems!"—Raphael Allison, Rain Taxi Review of Books

"[W]arm, conversational and colloquial."—Keith Richmond, Tribune

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781400838240
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
03/14/2011
Series:
Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
72
Sales rank:
1,044,774
File size:
1 MB

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