The Country of Perhaps

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Divided into two parts, this work examines ambition and illusion and then satirizes and studies religious ceremony. The first part is a collection of lyric poems, which suggest that the power of fantasy derives from individual decision in challenging situations, instead of the sway of cultural forces. Poet Chris McCully explores individual action, juxtaposing motivations against major political or social demands and personal experiences. Referencing characters from mythology as well as San Franciscan fishermen, ...
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Overview

Divided into two parts, this work examines ambition and illusion and then satirizes and studies religious ceremony. The first part is a collection of lyric poems, which suggest that the power of fantasy derives from individual decision in challenging situations, instead of the sway of cultural forces. Poet Chris McCully explores individual action, juxtaposing motivations against major political or social demands and personal experiences. Referencing characters from mythology as well as San Franciscan fishermen, McCully dives into their personalities and choices. Written as a longer poem comprised of multiple voices, the second part of this volume, Mass, centers around the components of the religious mass, particularly concentrating on the meaning and application of the Eucharist. Using several figures that relay various points of view, McCully’s verse decides that the Christian guarantee of salvation is a necessary cultural invention about truth. Mass dually works as an elegy and analysis, a celebration and deconstruction.

Chris McCully is an English professor at the University of Manchester. He is author of Time Signatures and Not Only I. He lives in Manchester, England.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781857545500
  • Publisher: Carcanet Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 6/1/2001
  • Pages: 94
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

An Ashtray for San Francisco 11
Icarus 13
Cuckoo 14
Lipstick 15
Demeter 16
Death Valley 17
Fishermen on Santa Monica Pier 18
Watching the Cherry 19
Bearings 20
Migrants 21
Steel and Glass 22
Always 23
Conversation Piece 24
Smoke Rings in October 25
Whoever 26
At Lindisfarne Priory 27
A pen is 28
Casterbridge 29
Song at Midnight 30
Manners 31
Moving On 32
Serbia 33
The Birth 34
Presents 35
From the Country of Perhaps 36
I: Introit 41
II: Kyrie 42
III: Gloria 45
IV: Sanctus and Credo 50
V: Stabat Mater 58
VI: Homily (Judas) 62
VII: Agnus Dei 76
VIII: Benedictus 89
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