Reflections on Espionage: The Question of Cupcake

Reflections on Espionage: The Question of Cupcake

by John Hollander
     
 

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This book-length poem by one of the major poets of our era is structured as a series of messages transmitted by a master spy to the director of spy operations and to a number of his fellow spies. The spy speaks of his own alienation and sense of purposelessness as a secret agent—a metaphor for a human existence committed to ordering, deciphering, and making

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This book-length poem by one of the major poets of our era is structured as a series of messages transmitted by a master spy to the director of spy operations and to a number of his fellow spies. The spy speaks of his own alienation and sense of purposelessness as a secret agent—a metaphor for a human existence committed to ordering, deciphering, and making sense of a world of random signs. First published in 1974, the book is now reprinted with a substantial introduction by the author that elaborates on the genesis of the poem, the literary figures who inspired some of the characters, the poem's reception, and other matters.

Editorial Reviews

The Los Angeles Times - Richard Poirier
These poems can be read and admired for their fluidity, their wonderful diversity of significance…Many delights.
The New Yorker - George Steiner
Hollander's arch and subtle long poem allegorizes the mirror closeness between raveller and unraveller.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300079661
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
11/28/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
102
Sales rank:
900,680
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.24(d)

Meet the Author

John Hollander, Sterling Professor of English at Yale University, is the author or editor of numerous books of poetry and literary criticism.

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