Facts for Visitors: Poems / Edition 1

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Overview


Speaking in the wake of empire, of terrestrial love and of the collapse of traditional literary forms, the protagonist of this collection of poetry reconstructs a world from the language of encyclopedias, instruction manuals, and the literary legacies of Wallace Stevens, W. G. Sebald, and Joseph Conrad. The prefatory lyric, "Burial Practice," imagines the posthumous narrative of "then’s" that follows an individual's extinction; in the poem "Aria," a stagehand steps onto the floorboards to wax poetic after the curtain has dropped on an opera; and the extended sequence of "Circle" poems obliquely revisits Dante's ethical landscape of the afterlife.

Many of these poems were written while Srikanth Reddy worked for a rural literacy program in the south of India, a fact reflected in the imagined postcolonial world of lyrics such as "Monsoon Eclogue" and "Thieves’ Market." Yet the collection moves beyond the identity politics and ressentiment of postcolonial and Asian-American writings by addressing the fugitive dreams of shared experience in poems such as "Fundamentals of Esperanto." Mobilizing traditional literary forms such as terza rima and the villanelle while simultaneously exploring the poetics of prose and other "formless" modes, Facts for Visitors re-negotiates the impasse between traditional and experimental approaches to writing in contemporary American poetry.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
If mid-century mannerist verse seemed to take a hiatus after the '60s, its retooled comeback continues in Facts for Visitors by Srikanth Reddy. The destination is a familiar place that features at least eight Dantean "Circles," the first of which contains the apostrophe "We have done no wrong,/ my friends, & yet we find ourselves soiled,/ sold, carbonized teeth in a moss-riven jar." How to break out? "When it gets lonely, I sit by the river & read. Correction. There is no river. Mostly, I read." Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520240445
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 4/19/2004
  • Series: New California Poetry Series , #12
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 62
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author


Srikanth Reddy's poems have appeared in various journals, including APR, Grand Street, Fence, and Ploughshares, and his critical writing has been featured in publications such as The New Republic, The Chicago Tribune, and American Literature. He has held fellowships from the Mellon Foundation, the Whiting Foundation (in the Humanities) and the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing. A graduate of the Iowa Writer's Workshop and doctoral candidate at Harvard University, Reddy is currently the William Vaughan Moody Writer-in-Residence at the University of Chicago.
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Table of Contents


Burial Practice

I.
Corruption
Loose Strife with Apiary
Hotel Lullaby
First Circle
Evening with Stars
Second Circle
Sundial
Raven & Eclipse
Centaur
Sixth Circle
Everything
Eighth Circle

II.
Thieves’ Market
Inner Life
Jungle Book
Ninth Circle
I. The Interpreter
II. Luck
III. Canisters
IV. Home
V. The Planet
Scarecrow Eclogue
Fifth Circle
Waiting for the Eclipse in the Black Garden
Monsoon Eclogue

III.
Fundamentals of Esperanto
Fourth Circle
Chariot with Torn Bodice
Third Circle
On Difficulty
Welkin
Seventh Circle
Gryphon
Acid House
Sonnet
Palinode
Aria
Corruption (II)

Notes
Acknowledgments

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