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Poet Michael Coffey created Elemenopy as a book, rather than as a collection of poems, in order to represent a procession of struggles and outcomes in his and the poems' relationship to language. The first section, "Loving," contains playful poems that delight in the promise of poetic form and lyric utterance. "Lichen," the second section, is made up of two longer prose poems, each a kind of ill-fated narrative event. In the third section, "Otherwards," Coffey appropriates the words and techniques of other ...
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Poet Michael Coffey created Elemenopy as a book, rather than as a collection of poems, in order to represent a procession of struggles and outcomes in his and the poems' relationship to language. The first section, "Loving," contains playful poems that delight in the promise of poetic form and lyric utterance. "Lichen," the second section, is made up of two longer prose poems, each a kind of ill-fated narrative event. In the third section, "Otherwards," Coffey appropriates the words and techniques of other authors - namely Gertrude Stein and the poet Jackson Mac Low - to break through to fresher possibilities for narrative. "Javajazyk," the concluding section, invents a language in which to tell the love story of Vasteny and Ombaly.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Coffey's first volume, number 22 in Sun & Moon's forward-looking New American Poetry series, uses forms founded by this century's avant-garde (e.g., Gertrude Stein, Jackson Mac Low and the Dadaist sound poets) to show how the very materials of language-names, verbs, sounds-inevitably get caught up in relationships, randomly, as we do. (The title is the alphabetic sequence L-M-N-O-P when spoken.) For Coffey, we are literally thrown together (``Marie's left foot slipped. Jim was there. Just slipped and fell.'') and find meaning through language, often by chance. In fact, the stubbornness of prosody and syntax produces relationships where words themselves fail to signify: ``Vasteny garsled Ombaly, tahk unda febala''-subject has encountered object here, and something has happened. Throughout each of the four stylistically differing sections-particularly in the sensuous, often chilling lyrics focused on the shared orality of sex and speech in ``Loving,'' and in ``Dannemora,'' a 20-page poem using only 21 words, the poet clarifies our urge to form narratives out of sounds in sequence, constructing necessary fictions to make meaning-or the sensation of meaning. As the poet notes in a different context, ``Never a wall was built/ That won't come down/ So why go on about it?'' Although a certain alienation is central to these tightly compressed poems, their energy is also invigorating: if the possibilities for forms and kinds of relationships in language are endless, then so are our own. (Feb.)
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  • ISBN-13: 9781557132406
  • Publisher: Sun & Moon Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/1995
  • Series: New American Poetry Series, #22
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 100
  • Product dimensions: 4.97 (w) x 7.47 (h) x 0.31 (d)

Table of Contents

Love Poetry 9
Predation 11
Round 12
Lawrentian 13
Hortense 14
Thing 16
Inkling 17
Planting It 18
Isinglass 19
Oslo 20
A Beer Is a Boat with a Crew 21
As in Over 23
Planking 24
A Fact of Language 26
The News 27
Resolution 28
Stones 29
Marie 33
Domingo 36
Sweet Suite: Gertrude Stein 1. Poetry and Grammar 45
Sweet Suite: Gertrude Stein 2. Portraits and Repetition 49
Sweet Suite: Gertrude Stein 3. Melanctha Image 53
Suite: Mac Low 1. Auxiliaries 62
Suite: Mac Low 2. Dannemora 63
Suite: Mac Low 3. A Bit Wrong But Not at All Dead Wrong 86
Javajazyk (a linguistic romance ending in prayer) 93
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