The Incognito Lounge

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Raymond Carver said of The Incognito Lounge, Denis Johnson's third and most widely acclaimed book of verse: The subject matter is harrowingly convincing, is nothing less than a close examination of the darker side of human conduct. Why do we act this way? Johnson asks. How should we act? His best poems are examples of what the finest poetry can do: bring us closer to ourselves and at the same time put us in touch with something larger.
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Overview

Raymond Carver said of The Incognito Lounge, Denis Johnson's third and most widely acclaimed book of verse: The subject matter is harrowingly convincing, is nothing less than a close examination of the darker side of human conduct. Why do we act this way? Johnson asks. How should we act? His best poems are examples of what the finest poetry can do: bring us closer to ourselves and at the same time put us in touch with something larger.
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What People Are Saying

David St. John
"In this marvelous, troubling book, Denis Johnson speaks-with passion and wit-for every hushed or broken voice in America's cities of night. These are searing, unforgettable poems."
Raymond Carver
"Denis Johnson's poems are driven by a ravening desire to make sense out of the life lived. The subject matter is harrowingly convincing, is nothing less than a close examination of the darker side of human conduct. why do we act this way? Johnson asks. How should we act? The best poems from The Incognito Lounge are examples of what the finest poetry can do—bring us closer to ourselves and at the same time put us in touch with something larger. I'm unabashedly reminded of Whitman's remark about his own work—'Who touches this book touches a man.'"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780394523477
  • Publisher: Random House, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/28/1982
  • Series: Classic Contemporaries Ser.
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 79

Meet the Author

The Incognito Lounge was DENIS JOHNSON's third published book of verse. His poems have been collected in the Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations Millenium General Assembly. He is also the author of novels and collections of essays, short stories, and plays. Among his many awards are fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fund, The Whiting Foundation, and the Lannan Foundation.

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Table of Contents

The Incognito Lounge 3
White, White Collars 9
Enough 10
Night 11
Heat 13
The Boarding 14
The Song 16
The White Fires of Venus 18
Nude 23
Vespers 26
The Story 27
Surreptitious Kissing 30
From a Berkeley Notebook 32
On the Olympic Peninsula 36
A Woman 38
Now 40
Ten Months After Turning Thirty 45
In a Light of Other Lives 47
For Jane 49
Sway 50
The Circle 51
The Woman in the Moon 52
The Flames 55
Minutes 59
The Coming of Age 62
You 64
Poem 66
Radio 68
Tomorrow 69
The Confession of St. Jim-Ralph 70
Passengers 79
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