Now Make an Altar

Overview

Out of this book's gathering of speakers (arsonist, leper, Captain Haddock, the maître d' of an unusual restaurant) and subjects (dung beetle, Aristophanes, medieval surgeon, methamphetamines) emerges a baroque, musical, and formally inventive history of creation and destruction. Now Make an Altar dispassionately suggests that there can't be one without the other. And there is nothing, however broken, absurd, atrocious, or sublime that cannot be brought into ecstatic focus in this "mysterious feast" of dense and ...

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Overview

Out of this book's gathering of speakers (arsonist, leper, Captain Haddock, the maître d' of an unusual restaurant) and subjects (dung beetle, Aristophanes, medieval surgeon, methamphetamines) emerges a baroque, musical, and formally inventive history of creation and destruction. Now Make an Altar dispassionately suggests that there can't be one without the other. And there is nothing, however broken, absurd, atrocious, or sublime that cannot be brought into ecstatic focus in this "mysterious feast" of dense and exacting language. "Come in, come sup," Beeder invites us in the book's opening poem. "You'll never feel full."

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"The counterthrust of Beeder's musical rhythms and striking imagery suggest that her project is to make beautiful metaphor of our dangerous world."
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"She creates a musical, at times mythical, exploration of how we construct beauty and strangeness."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780887485442
  • Publisher: Carnegie-Mellon University Press
  • Publication date: 1/4/2012
  • Series: Carnegie Mellon Poetry Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 64
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

AMY BEEDER is the author of Burn the Field (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2006). Her work has appeared in Poetry, Ploughshares, The Nation, The Kenyon Review, and other journals. She teaches poetry at the University of New Mexico.

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Table of Contents

Because our waiters are hopeless romantics
Country Life
Extinct
Parlor with Abandoned Hoop Skirt
Harold von Braunhut, Distributor of Sea Monkeys, Promises Instant Life
I liked the poem about your mother dying
The Charges Are Stalking & Arson
Phosphorus & the Match
I rightfully curse the author of so pernicious a machine
X
Dying Orchard: done with petals
Salt Cedar
There are meetings
Jaguar in the Bullring
Anatomy Lesson
Eyewitness
The Book of Lost Railroad Photographs
Silverfish
Tetanus
Darger's Colors

Scarab Poetica
Captain Haddock vs. the PTA
unstack the dams now make an altar
Pandemic Sings the Muse
After Aristophanes: O bird of fellow feather come
Charity Quarter, Littleton Cemetery, Where You Were Wrong
H
Leper's Prayer
The Plan
The Minor Characters As They Appear
Chupacabra
Against the neighbors, bury bottles
Don't Fall
After Aristophanes: take a twig
(D)
Girl
Black Horse

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