It Is If I Speak / Edition 1

It Is If I Speak / Edition 1

by Joe Wenderoth
     
 

ISBN-10: 0819563900

ISBN-13: 9780819563903

Pub. Date: 03/15/2000

Publisher: Wesleyan University Press

In the epigraph to Joe Wenderoth's new volume of poetry, a herdsman, exhorted by Oedipus to speak the truth, replies "It is if I speak that I will be destroyed."

Wenderoth's poetry is sparse, nihilistic — and sometimes witty. Publishers Weekly wrote that, "Like Stevens, Wenderoth has a passion for philosophical ideas; at the same time he follows Williams'

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In the epigraph to Joe Wenderoth's new volume of poetry, a herdsman, exhorted by Oedipus to speak the truth, replies "It is if I speak that I will be destroyed."

Wenderoth's poetry is sparse, nihilistic — and sometimes witty. Publishers Weekly wrote that, "Like Stevens, Wenderoth has a passion for philosophical ideas; at the same time he follows Williams' dictum: no ideas but in things. The result is poetry that is intellectually charged but whose final fidelity is to the senses." His new book has the dignity of a sincere and ferocious despair. In the narratives of these poems, "owing is all that really happens," and lives are shaped by the refusal to "sink dumbly into tolerance of a spectacle."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780819563903
Publisher:
Wesleyan University Press
Publication date:
03/15/2000
Series:
Wesleyan Poetry Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
83
Sales rank:
1,111,478
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.21(d)

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