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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: 9780887484735
  • Publisher: Carnegie-Mellon University Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2007
  • Series: Carnegie Mellon Classic Contemporary Series: Poetry
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 80
  • Sales rank: 307,559
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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

ONE
The Incognito Lounge
White, White Collars
Enough
Night
Heat
The Boarding
The Song
The White Fires of Venus

TWO
Nude
Vespers
The Story
Surreptitious Kissing
From a Berkeley Notebook
On the Olympic Peninsula
A Woman
Now

THREE
Ten Months After Turning Thirty
In a Light of Other Lives
For Jane
Sway
The Circle
The Woman in the Moon
The Flames

FOUR
Minutes
The Coming of Age
You
Poem
Radio
Tomorrow
The Confession of St. Jim-Ralph
Passengers

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