Floating City: Selected Poems, 1978-1996

Floating City: Selected Poems, 1978-1996

by Geoffrey O'Brien
     
 

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Poetry. "The precision and ordered intelligence of Geoffrey O'Brien's essays are turned inside out in the dream landscapes of his poetry. The result is a kind of spectral tapestry where words and images are stripped to their own inherent valence and deeper codings the better to hunt down resemblances and resolutions. The effects are mysterious, hypnotic, often

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Poetry. "The precision and ordered intelligence of Geoffrey O'Brien's essays are turned inside out in the dream landscapes of his poetry. The result is a kind of spectral tapestry where words and images are stripped to their own inherent valence and deeper codings the better to hunt down resemblances and resolutions. The effects are mysterious, hypnotic, often breathtaking, and, I think, unique in American poetry"-August Kleinzahler.

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Library Journal
Known primarily for his critical studies like Dreamtime (Viking, 1988) and Phantom Empire (LJ 9/1/93), O'Brien offers here his first major collection of poetry. The "city" O'Brien describes is a mental edifice, a potent place where myth and poetry spontaneously appear: "In the empty sky/ they see the shape of stanzas." This preoccupation with the self-generating quality of language is the major theme of the book, expressed in graphic images and "mental telegrams": the "mortar mix/ of sung words" is always repairing the gaps in reality; even the "bushes crack with language." O'Brien delights in alliteration, "the fur, the fire/ the far shore," and in lists: "dogs, egg-forms, goat hoofs, ink-jars." With its echoes of Stevens and Ashbery, this collection will convince its readers that "there is no substitute for poetry." Recommended for all large collections.Daniel L. Guillory, Millikin Univ., Findlay, Ill.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781883689384
Publisher:
Talisman House, Publishers
Publication date:
01/01/1996
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.52(h) x 0.30(d)

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