Disfortune / Edition 1

Disfortune / Edition 1

by Joe Wenderoth
     
 

ISBN-10: 0819512265

ISBN-13: 9780819512260

Pub. Date: 08/25/1995

Publisher: Wesleyan University Press

Disfortune is not in the mainstream of American poetic speech, nor is it easily placed into any of the well-known poetic speech-camps that have arisen on its margins. Terse, haunting lyrics expose the irreducible contradictions of living, wherein “the talking-singing, the whole talking-/singing ball of yarn, begins to unravel.” Deceptively casual in tone,…  See more details below

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Disfortune is not in the mainstream of American poetic speech, nor is it easily placed into any of the well-known poetic speech-camps that have arisen on its margins. Terse, haunting lyrics expose the irreducible contradictions of living, wherein “the talking-singing, the whole talking-/singing ball of yarn, begins to unravel.” Deceptively casual in tone, these poems offer startling confrontations with “the unoriginal/oblivion,” with “the contrived delicacy/of what is emptied and kept.” Joe Wenderoth sees “fortune” as the mute history of events proceeding toward the ultimate security; his poems arise from “disfortune,” from the need “Just to sing the song that’s kept you/quiet/all this time.” This book is a rare occurrence, marking not only a new intimacy with the world, but also a remembering of the determined motion of intimacy itself.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780819512260
Publisher:
Wesleyan University Press
Publication date:
08/25/1995
Series:
Wesleyan Poetry Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
88
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.21(d)

Table of Contents

Yellow-Jacket Devouring Live Cicada3
Sleep In Front Of Me4
Extravagance Of Any Body5
Morning Fiction6
False Idols8
Alone Throwing Stones9
Letter To Plato10
Learned From Billie Holiday11
Aesthetics Of The Bases Loaded Walk12
Daily News, March Into April 199314
Spring Has Again Needlessly15
Bus-Ride North To Baltimore16
In The Sentence Of Sleep17
Things Written During Dwight Yoakams Voice18
Passage: Away From The Handlessness Of The Light19
Among Thinkers20
Phone-Call With My Mother21
What You Don't Want To Happen Won't Happen23
Autobiography Of A Born Singer24
The Senate25
Detailed History Of The Western World29
Like Blood From A Deep Cut30
All The Hurry31
Zookeeper Lacan32
"The Most Beautiful World Is Like A Heap Of Rubble, Thrown Down In Confusion"33
Demerol35
Calling Through Bushels Of Dead Crabs: Dream36
The Voices Of Older Girls Standing Together In The Calm Dirty Ocean37
In Utero38
Outside The Hospital39
Poem: An Illocal Custom Which Must Be Half-Forgotten40
Death41
Feeding A Talking Bird42
Is That You Can Hear43
Love Poem44
Prayer45
A Talking Bird Refuses To Title His Poems46
You47
The Flat Road Runs Along Beside The Frozen River48
Early Winter Afternoons51
Unplumbable52
Phonograph53
For An Inspecific Sorrow54
To My Fathers55
Disease Samadhi56
Disfortune57
Pain-Song58
Lose Hold Of The Blessing59
Thanksgiving60
Leaving A Moving Picture Matinee61
Wallace Stevens Describing The Need For And Then The Consequences Of Elvis Presley62
Wallace Stevens Lecturing At The Community College63
"Flowers Are A Tiresome Pastime"64
Someone Who Purely Looks The Part66
After67
Probably A Strong Undertow68
Notes and Acknowledgments69

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