History of Anonymity: Poems

History of Anonymity: Poems

by Jennifer Chang
     
 

ISBN-10: 0820331163

ISBN-13: 9780820331164

Pub. Date: 02/29/2008

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

This debut collection of vivid, lyrical poems explores the emotional landscape of childhood without confession and without straightforward narrative. Chang sweeps together myth and fairy tale, skirting the edges of events to focus on the psychological tenor of experience: the underpinnings of identity and the role of nature in both constructing and erasing a

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This debut collection of vivid, lyrical poems explores the emotional landscape of childhood without confession and without straightforward narrative. Chang sweeps together myth and fairy tale, skirting the edges of events to focus on the psychological tenor of experience: the underpinnings of identity and the role of nature in both constructing and erasing a self. From the edge of the ocean, where things constantly shift and dissolve, through "the forest's thick, / where the trees meet the dark," to an imaginary cliffside town of fog, this book makes a journey both natural and psychological, using experiments in language and form to capture the search for personhood and place.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820331164
Publisher:
University of Georgia Press
Publication date:
02/29/2008
Series:
The VQR Poetry Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.28(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     ix
The History of Anonymity     3
Conversation with Owl and Clouds     15
Hunger Essay     17
The Forest on Second Thought     20
Apologia pro Vita Sua     22
Pastoral     26
Obedience, or The Lying Tale     27
Innocence Essay     29
Sea Psalm     35
Postscript     37
Genealogy     38
... those who speak most say nothing     39
Slept     40
Estuary     43
And the night illuminated the night     46
This Corner of the Western World     48
End Note     50
Postscript     51
A Move to Unction
The sign reads     55
Swindled, I left everything     57
I float in. I float out     58
I remember her, a bowl of water     60
Today the action is in the clouds     62
In the night, I seek a meaning before I sleep     64
If there is no memory, it did not happen     66
How was I swindled if I was the swindler?     69
What I feed on will save me     71
What the landscape works for is what I have left     73
I follow the day's inclination and find myself returned     76
Each thing is two things     78
I am in Unction now     79
Can something broken be so beautiful?     81
Notes     83

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