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Le Spleen de Poughkeepsie

Le Spleen de Poughkeepsie

by Joshua Harmon
     
 

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Winner of the 2010 Akron Poetry Prize, Le Spleen de Poughkeepsie is "a tender anti-epic, a grunge-tinged love song to America’s benighted post-industrial heartland." Harmon’s Poughkeepsie shimmers just beyond the borders of banal recognition. "If you're not part of the problem, / you're part of the lengthening / tragedy," Harmon writes in an introductory

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Winner of the 2010 Akron Poetry Prize, Le Spleen de Poughkeepsie is "a tender anti-epic, a grunge-tinged love song to America’s benighted post-industrial heartland." Harmon’s Poughkeepsie shimmers just beyond the borders of banal recognition. "If you're not part of the problem, / you're part of the lengthening / tragedy," Harmon writes in an introductory pastoral, seeking out "the stray / detours and workarounds of the secret / city inside the more obvious one… on the outskirts of the absurd / attention to the material life." Poughkeepsie is that city of the heart where no one can look at anyone else "alone," where "the noise of beauty" is a cop’s bullet polishing off a "traffic-struck doe," where "five dollars takes you anywhere in this town / except out of it."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781937378615
Publisher:
University of Akron Press, The
Publication date:
10/02/2012
Series:
Akron Series in Poetry
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
104
File size:
529 KB

Meet the Author

Joshua Harmon is the author of two previous books-Scape, a collection of poems, and Quinnehtukqut, a novel. His writing has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. He no longer lives in Poughkeepsie.

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