Overview

Nowhere Fast offers a view of a world where fools rush in only to be baffled by ordinary dramas—of sexuality and gender, of family, of death and dying. By turns rueful, sardonic and tender, these narratives are overseen by a joyous mockery which reveals to us what Allen Ginsberg once called our quintessential “jerkhood”—to be living in a realm where satisfaction is denied and expectations are frustrated—the heart and soul of the absurd. In sixty exquisite prose poems, memory, dream and fantasy take turns ...
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Nowhere Fast

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Overview

Nowhere Fast offers a view of a world where fools rush in only to be baffled by ordinary dramas—of sexuality and gender, of family, of death and dying. By turns rueful, sardonic and tender, these narratives are overseen by a joyous mockery which reveals to us what Allen Ginsberg once called our quintessential “jerkhood”—to be living in a realm where satisfaction is denied and expectations are frustrated—the heart and soul of the absurd. In sixty exquisite prose poems, memory, dream and fantasy take turns animating the many identities of the “I” in a dark comedy of manners where the surreal underscores our eternal condition. In turns jocular and menacing, masculine and vulnerable, bawdy and rueful, Nowhere Fast marks the debut collection of a poet it seems we’ve always been waiting for.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781617508332
  • Publisher: Saturnalia Books
  • Publication date: 10/15/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 59
  • File size: 279 KB

Meet the Author

WILLIAM KULIK’s translations of French Surrealist poetry are well-known, especially his versions of Robert Desnos, Tristan Tzara and Max Jacob. His most recent book is The Voice of Robert Desnos: Selected Poems (Sheep Meadow Press, 2005). He is in the process of finishing the first book-length selections in English of the work of the Belgian poet Paul Nougé. Nowhere Fast is the first collection of his own poetry, which has appeared in American Poetry Review, Black Warrior Review, Denver Quarterly, and Best American Poetry 1999.
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Table of Contents

Ask Tiresias
What Happened in Pre-History
Tales from the Pennsylvania Woods
A Fool for the City
The Triumph of Narcissus and Aphrodite
Lucid Dreams
From the Annals of Chick School
More Words about Our Birds
Sitcom
Flexible
Kulik’s Ten-Thousandth Dream
Ms. Rule
The Aristocrats
Porn Fable
Hot Girls
Bad Boys
“Arch of Triumph” (1948)
Explication de Texte
No Recourse
Four for Max
Dinner
Resume
The Politics of Experience
In the Bank
Religion and the Rise of Capitalism
How Dartmouth Got Its Nickname
News from Nowhere
Susceptible
Backstory
Irrational Geographic: Who Made Thee
Green-Card Guilt
Pretty-Boy Freud
Fictions
Old House Blues
Colloquy
Two for Pop
Hi,
Car Talk
Nowhere Fast
Obit
Irrational Geographic: Tablets
Hypereducated
Reunion
Birdbrain Sings
Give Me Liberty or Whatever
Lost Tango
Irrational Geographic: A Dog’s Life
Divestment
Beneath the Sun
Final Solution
Fusion
Paradise Won
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