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As the anagram of its title suggests, the poems, prose, lyrics, and memoir in John Yau's new collection focus on an inescapable duality. It is the duality of living in both painted gardens and in the shadows of historic events that sweep one along. Yau explores the language of telling, of biography, auto and otherwise, of landscapes that are simultaneously imaginary and real, of ways to enter and leave “the kingdom of poetry.” This is a book of displacements and unpredictable associations, of “last confessions” ...

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Overview

As the anagram of its title suggests, the poems, prose, lyrics, and memoir in John Yau's new collection focus on an inescapable duality. It is the duality of living in both painted gardens and in the shadows of historic events that sweep one along. Yau explores the language of telling, of biography, auto and otherwise, of landscapes that are simultaneously imaginary and real, of ways to enter and leave “the kingdom of poetry.” This is a book of displacements and unpredictable associations, of “last confessions” and “coming attractions,” at once haunted and haunting.

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The 46 poems of Yau's new collection take up the themes and procedures of his previous work absurdist narration, visual art (Yau is a prolific art critic), the workings and failings of language and also delve more intimately into meditations about and in the voice of Yau's daughter: "my name is Cerise Tzara Aschheim Yau/ I am your daughter/ I have been here a little over a month/ crying shitting eating sleepless restless." Using the collage techniques Yau (Borrowed Love Poems, 2002) mastered in the 1980s (derived, in part, from his mentor John Ashbery), these associative fables, fragmentary lyrics and stepped meditations attempt to deconstruct conventional language and put it back together with a surreal, often humorous slant. Pop culture references ("Is this really your final answer"), the conventions of other art forms ("Not only is the first shot of half-clothed women...") and surrealist setups ("...I am a duck, a tall duck, but a duck nevertheless") launch these poems toward unlikely conclusions. Though Yau has covered much of this territory in previous books, there are many fresh and remarkable moments, especially where Yau touches on the process of writing: "Don't write poems/ about yourself.// Don't call attention/ to your revelations// or make confessions/.../ ...don't excavate/ your mother's grief." (July) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780143037156
  • Publisher: Viking Penguin
  • Publication date: 6/27/2006
  • Series: Poets, Penguin Series
  • Pages: 112
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

John Yau is the author of over thirty books of poetry, fiction, and criticism, including Borrowed Love Poems, Hawaiian Cowboys, and The United States of Jasper Johns. The recipient of numerous awards, including being named a Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters by France, Yau teaches at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Andalusia 1-8 5
In the Lion Night 10
Poems for Leiko 1-4 11
Conversation after Midnight 17
First Song after Cerise 20
Second Song after Cerise 20
Third Song after Cerise 21
After 25
Robert Desnos Writes 26
Ghost Guest 28
Tuz 29
Monogram Studios I 30
Monogram Studios II 32
Coming Attractions 34
Doll Lullaby 36
Still-Life 37
Your Cyborg 38
A Sheaf of Pleasant Voices 40
Before Tears End 41
Carfax Abbey 42
Broken Sonnet 45
Life in the Leafy Forest 46
In the Fourth Year of the Plague 51
All the World 52
In the Now Lost Film 53
Postcard without Image 55
Portrait with Still-Life 55
Don't Get Too Personal 56
How I Pass My Days 57
Short Movie with Long Cartoons 58
Get Together 60
Footfall 61
Temple of the Sailboats 63
Wind Guage 64
Impulsive Confession 65
Debatable Conucopia 66
Concerto in C Minor 67
Fourteen Future Tales 69
Final Notice 70
Last Confession 71
The Morning after That One 75
Eleven Months Is Not a Year 77
Sotto Voce 80
In the Garden of Books 87
In the Kingdom of Poetry 89
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