by Christopher Merrill


by Christopher Merrill


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The richly imagined fables, vignettes, and prose poems of Flares reveal the elementary strangeness of this world. Here is the improvised travel record of a poet haunted by history, who documents what he discovers in foreign lands with an exacting and hallucinatory eye. Composed in transit, on diplomatic missions to scores of countries, Flares will endure in the reader’s imagination as a series of signals in the night, illuminating the hidden corners of our time here on earth.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781945680465
Publisher: White Pine Press
Publication date: 05/11/2021
Pages: 102
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Christopher Merrill has published six collections of poetry, including Watch Fire, for which he received the Lavan Younger Poets Award from the Academy of American Poets; many edited volumes and translations; and six books of nonfiction, among them, Only the Nails Remain: Scenes from the Balkan Wars, Things of the Hidden God: Journey to the Holy Mountain, The Tree of the Doves: Ceremony, Expedition, War, and Self-Portrait with Dogwood. As director of the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa since 2000, Merrill has conducted cultural diplomacy missions to more than fifty countries.

Table of Contents

In Petra 15

Lodge 16

Gothic 17

Explain Yourself 18

After Visiting the Gorky Institute 19

Venom 20

Flare 21

Roundabout 22

Fall and Recovery 23

In Algiers 24

Fire 25

On the War Between the States 26

Ivory 27

The Pastoral Tradition 28

Market Conditions 29

The Gold Standard 30

In the Galapagos Islands 31

The Monroe Doctrine 32

The Last Supper 33

Juice 34

Oligarchy 35

Nomadic 36

The Afterlife 37

Excavation 38

The Final Act 39

From the Archives 40

Sin Spots 41

The Stage 42

Without 43

Voltage 44

The Orchard 45

The Festival 46

The Brooch 47

The Fish Market in Guangzhou 48

Mirrors 49

Stew 50

Faith 51

The Wedding 52

Home 53

Paprika 54

From the Memory Ward 55

Elevator 56

The Rise 57

On Gnosticism 58

Cheddar Gorge 59

Inventory 60

The Bench 61

Two-Star Hotel 62

Providence 63

Ritual 64

The Crisis 65

Auld Lang Syne 66

Dead Letter 67

The Word/68 In Unison 69

Translation (1) 70

Translation (2) 71

The Zoo 72

Without Objection 73

The Concert 74

The Handkerchief 75

The Odds 76

Genesis 77

Portage 78

The Census 79

Meantime 80

Proverbs (1) 81

Proverbs (2) 82

Hellbent 83

In the City of K 84

The Harvest 85

Return Visit 86

Notes for a Dance 87

Stage Presence 88

The Kiss 89

Brick 90

Clay 91

Utopia 92

Lilacs 93

The River 94

About the Author 97

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