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What is the language of ?home?? What would it mean to be ?at home? in language? And what does it mean, in the postmodern world, not to be at home in one?s language? These are some of the questions that inform Angie Estes? brilliant new collection, Chez Nous, her first since the prize-winning Voice-Over. The origins of her project lie in Theodor Adorno?s comment that in the postmodern, post-Holocaust world, the only ?home? now available to us is in language. The results, in poems that are lyrical, experimental, ...
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Overview

What is the language of “home”? What would it mean to be “at home” in language? And what does it mean, in the postmodern world, not to be at home in one’s language? These are some of the questions that inform Angie Estes’ brilliant new collection, Chez Nous, her first since the prize-winning Voice-Over. The origins of her project lie in Theodor Adorno’s comment that in the postmodern, post-Holocaust world, the only “home” now available to us is in language. The results, in poems that are lyrical, experimental, and layered with meanings that cross between languages, cultures, and historical moments, are rich and compelling.
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What People Are Saying

Susan Stewart
“Reading Angie Estes’s poems is like coming upon a sheaf of new waltzes in the very room where they can be danced. There is space in Chez Nous for etymologies and pastries, film stars and philosophers, every texture and season.”
Linda Bierds
"With glamour's grammar and a vision rich in historical insight, Angie Estes has written a brilliant, evocative book. Picture a green glass vial tucked between the pillows of a diva's breasts 'to keep the cognac warm.' Chez Nous is at once crystal and cognac--flacon and spirit--and the singular, pure-pitched notes crossing so assuredly between them."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780932440990
  • Publisher: Oberlin College Press
  • Publication date: 3/15/2005
  • Series: FIELD Poetry Series , #17
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 86
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

ANGIE ESTES is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently Tryst (Oberlin College Press, 2009), named one of two finalists for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize. Her awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Pushcart Prize, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry, and the Alice Fay di Castagnola Prize from the Poetry Society of America.
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Table of Contents

True Confessions
Paramour
Rendez-Vous
Amuse-Bouche
Elegy
Portrait
Kind of Blue
Proverbs
Cadenza
Badinerie
Chère Personne,
Vis-à-Vis
Flourish
San Serif
“If We Never Meet Again”
Starling,
Requiem
Accidental
Chez Nous
Rage Italic
Still Life
Natural History
Villa Rotonda
Apostrophe
Le non-Dit
Pattou’s French-English Manual
Madame X
Shocking
Ensemble
On Yellow Velvet
A History of Reality
In Vogue
Palinode
Dance of Ancient Knossos
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  • Posted January 22, 2009

    poems on the beguiling nature of surfaces

    The poem 'True Confessions' notes 'glamour [italicized in original] is a Scottish variant/of grammar [italicized in original].' In most of the poems, the effect of grammar--mostly as words and syntax--shifting into glamour is partly, most noticeably, achieved by the appearance of French words and phrases. The combination of vague familiarity and elusive meaning is the effect of glamour Estes wants to create. This makes for delightful incongruities and exceptional latitudes of emotion and perception, as when 'the French celebrate/birth by touching the lips/of a new baby with fine/champagne... (from 'Starling'); or 'Scriabin thought/the musical note C was red...' (from Accident'). This certain unreliability and superfluity of the senses and effects on one is not comical or anarchic, as it would be for many. With Estes' disciplined eye, the shimmering play of surfaces is witnessed.

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