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Random Symmetries: The Collected Poems of Tom Andrews

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This posthumous volume brings together the poems of Tom Andrews, whose untimely death in 2001 cut off a career marked by early achievement and remarkable innovation. It comprises two previously published books, The Brother’s Country and The Hemophiliac’s Motorcycle, and two unpublished manuscript, closing with two late uncollected poems.
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Overview

This posthumous volume brings together the poems of Tom Andrews, whose untimely death in 2001 cut off a career marked by early achievement and remarkable innovation. It comprises two previously published books, The Brother’s Country and The Hemophiliac’s Motorcycle, and two unpublished manuscript, closing with two late uncollected poems.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780932440921
  • Publisher: Oberlin College Press
  • Publication date: 12/10/2002
  • Series: FIELD Poetry Series , #13
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 276
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Tom Andrews: An Appreciation — Charles Wright
THE BROTHER’S COUNTRY
The Brother’s Country
Song of a Country Priest
May I Read You a Few Lines from Pepy’s Diary?
Four Purgatory Poems
Triptych: Augustine of Hippo
Paul Celan
Animist
After Bobrowski
Thinking of Wallace Stevens
Private Collection
Dr. Farnsworth, a Chripodist, Lived in Ohio, Where He Wrote Only the First Lines of Poems
Postcards to Günter Eich
A Language of Hemophilia
Notes
THE HEMOPHILIAC’S MOTORCYCLE
The Hemophiliac’s Motorcycle
At Burt Lake
Ars Poetica
Praying with George Herbert in Late Winter
A Visit to the Cathedral
Reading Frank O’Hara in the Hospital
Reading the Tao Te Ching in the Hospital
When Comfort Arrives
Evening Song
Hymning the Kanawha
Codeine Diary
Notes
25 SHORT FILMS ABOUT POETRY
The Death of Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Six One-Line Filmscripts
Doves and Fire
Scenes from a Marriage
The River of Barns
Jacques Derrida and God’s Tsimtsum
Portrait of a Red-Haired Man the Pornography of Cinema Vérité
Rabelais in the History of Abuse
Intermission: The Discreet Charm of Unfilmable Films
Instructions for the Director of an Unfilmable Film
Joyce Kilmer, in Picardy, Worries about Plagiarism in “Trees”
Brooding Kilmer, a Documentary
William Makepeace Thackeray Follows His Bliss
The Marble
Lecture on Snow
Battle for the Planet of Laurence Sterne the Mysterious Disappearance of Laurence Sterne
The Mexican Jumping Bean’s Will
Cinema Vérité: The Embrace
Cinema Vérité: William Wordsworth Rejects the Spirit of Carnival
Film Beginning with a Line by Roberto Juarroz
A Map Is Not a Territory
Script for Home Video and Flashlight
In a House Besieged
Cinema Vérité: The Color Wheel
THE TEMPTATION OF SAINT AUGUSTINE
Argument
Left Panel
Central Panel
Right Panel
Notes
LAST POEMS
In the Twentieth Century
North of the Future
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  • Posted July 11, 2009

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    From unfilmable filmscripts to a tragic love story of a conflicted saint, Random Symmetries: The Collected Poems of Tom Andrews presents an exceptional range of material by one of the country's most synthesizing voices.

    Start in the middle, or near the end - you'll see how Tom Andrews, in this posthumous collection, so consistently crystalized the present. He excelled at embodying each moment, gleaning its unique qualities, and delivering to us delightfully candid, palpable facets.

    Andrews's artistic sensibilities ventured beyond the sphere of academic poetics (where his amicable openness and sharp wit were celebrated), found common ground with luminous flashes of popular culture such as Talking Heads front man David Byrne's logical endeavor to "stop making sense" and comedy guru Steve Martin's self-effacing investigations.

    Poetry lovers will enjoy transitions of style from one book to the next, culminating in a luscious, first-person triptych that presents St. Augustine during his conflicted years, attempting to balance needs and battling demons as contemporary as family, power, love and divorce.

    Hilarious, humble, brilliant - Tom Andrews may have passed away at an early age, but his vitality is ageless.

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