The Lichtenberg Figures

The Lichtenberg Figures

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by Ben Lerner
     
 

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The Lichtenberg Figures, winner of the Hayden Carruth Award, is an unconventional sonnet sequence that interrogates the relationship between language and memory, violence and form. “Lichtenberg figures” are fern-like electrical patterns that can appear on (and quickly fade from) the bodies of people struck by lightning.

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The Lichtenberg Figures, winner of the Hayden Carruth Award, is an unconventional sonnet sequence that interrogates the relationship between language and memory, violence and form. “Lichtenberg figures” are fern-like electrical patterns that can appear on (and quickly fade from) the bodies of people struck by lightning.

Throughout this playful and elegiac debut—with its flashes of autobiography, intellection, comedy, and critique—the vocabulary of academic theory collides with American slang and the idiom of the Old Testament meets the jargon of the Internet to display an eclectic sensibility.

Ben Lerner, the youngest poet ever published by Copper Canyon Press, is co-founder of No: a journal of the arts. He earned an MFA from Brown University and is currently a Fulbright scholar in Spain.

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Library Journal
The Lichtenberg figures are the fernlike patterns that appear on anything struck by lightning. And surely lighting strikes with this first collection, winner of the Hayden Carruth Award for Emerging Poets, which blends biting social commentary with unexpected images. (LJ 10/15/04) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781619320734
Publisher:
Copper Canyon Press
Publication date:
12/18/2012
Series:
Hayden Carruth Award for New and Emerging Poets
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
96
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

Ben Lerner is the author of three books of poetry and was named a finalist for the National Book Award for his second book, Angle of Yaw. He holds degrees from Brown Univeristy, co-founded No: a journal of the arts, and teaches at the University of Pittsburgh.

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The Lichtenberg Figures 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is the most accomplished synthesis of the competing trends and tendencies in American poetry I have encountered in years.
Guest More than 1 year ago
At times, deep enough to preserve certain intimacies, but all the while intriguing. A truly enjoyable read. Congratulations, Ben.