Ins and Outs of the Forest Rivers


A new collection of poems by the poet-anthropologist.
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A new collection of poems by the poet-anthropologist.
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Library Journal

"Yet everything/connects. Sometimes, you know, the poem can-/not stop: from day to day, a gift in fragments." Noted poet and anthropologist Tarn (Avia) examines the effects of cultural greed and folly upon the earth and its inhabitants, whether it's the destruction of the rain forest, the ruin of a river, or a war's devastation of culture and its antiquities. At their crux, these reflections confront the whole and its segments: "Because you cannot only pursue the whole,/...the whole being meaningless without the part/and the part must be as carefully examined." Tarn examines both part and whole with language that is dense, careful, and conversational, often weighty and sometimes witty. Ample use of parenthetical, bracketed statements, perhaps used for emphasis, contributes to the musical quality of his lines. Long, ambling stanzas often reflect the content of the poem. Sadly and perhaps ironically, he says, "[t]he whole world is the menace now, we see the enemy/at every gatepost: our law alone is/liberation." Highly recommended for contemporary poetry collections.
—Karla Huston

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811217989
  • Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc
  • Publication date: 9/30/2008
  • Series: New Directions Paperbook Series
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Pursuit of the Whole & Parts 1

Of the Perfected Angels

Coachwhip 7

Of the Animal 8

Authorized Portrait 10

Either You Are Receiving Things Which 12

The Abandonment 14

Three Globo-Gardening Poems 16

1 One among Rose Gardens 16

2 Hummingbird-Sandwich 18

3 The Posteternal Rabbit 20

Mathis at Issenheim 22

Dying Trees

1 The Trill 33

2 A Hand 35

3 A Smile 38

4 Sadness, They Say My Home 40

5 Year's End Chamisas 42

6 The Pain from Conversation 44

7 Fratricidal Roots 46

8 Unravelling / Shock 48

9 Golden Globes of Hopefulness 50

War Stills

Group One

1 A Marsyas Effect 55

2 The Fire Season 57

3 The Asphyxiation 59

Group Two

1 On "Soul" as Alibi for All Hypocrisy 61

2 On Infoglut in the Wake of Pindar 63

Group Three

1 Hands 65

2 Soft-shell Crabs 67

3 La Citta Morta 68

Movement / North of the Java Sea

Ascending Flight, Los Angeles 73

Sun's Clouds 76

Self and Other 79

A Language of Absence 81

The Island Weavers 87


Ins and Outs of the Forest Rivers 91

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