Lampblack & Ash: Poems

Overview

[T]here is something utterly in thrall here, honey-slow and fixated. Driven by obsession—in particular, obsession with the legendary French poet, Robert Desnos—Muench’s identification with a true self beyond the self’s known truth is startling.—from the introduction by Carol Muske-Dukes

“Simone’s poems have a confidence and sophistication of what I like to call intentionality. Also wit, grace, poise, and a relationship to writing beyond self-referential feeling.”—Anne Waldman

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Overview

[T]here is something utterly in thrall here, honey-slow and fixated. Driven by obsession—in particular, obsession with the legendary French poet, Robert Desnos—Muench’s identification with a true self beyond the self’s known truth is startling.—from the introduction by Carol Muske-Dukes

“Simone’s poems have a confidence and sophistication of what I like to call intentionality. Also wit, grace, poise, and a relationship to writing beyond self-referential feeling.”—Anne Waldman

“Lush, sprouting, sensuous images line-by-line, adopting myth freely, Muench’s poems are volatile explosives, circling beauty.”—James Tate

Simone Muench is poetry editor of ACM and is an assistant professor at Lewis University, as well as a doctoral student at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932511277
  • Publisher: Sarabande Books
  • Publication date: 11/1/2005
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 1,108,542
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Simone Muench was raised in Louisiana and Arkansas and now lives in Chicago. She is the author of The Air Lost in Breathing (2000 Marianne Moore Prize) and Lampblack & Ash (2004 Kathryn A. Morton Prize). She received her Ph.D from the University of Illinois-Chicago and is director of the Writing Program at Lewis University and an editor for Sharkforum.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
I'm like you, my dear 3
Robert Desnos and the Hummingbird 5
There are wolves that sit at the feet of men 8
The laws of sawdust and stars 11
Drowning by the light of oranges 13
Sketches of dresses in mean reds 15
The OED defines red-hot 18
By your mouth 20
Viewing rain from a hospital bed 23
In Medias Res 25
Elegy for the unsaid 29
Window 30
In the coppice 32
What we were told 34
Why women don't wear silk aprons 36
The Melos of Medusa 37
Ore 39
Pretty white dress 40
One swallow doesn't make a summer 45
The insinuation of lakes in "the garden of mourners" 47
Residue 49
The Siren's dream 52
Hydrophobia 54
Terroir 55
Courting procrustes 57
The disease of pronouns 59
Freeze frame, with Forsythia 62
Spectacle : possession 63
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