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The Veil
     

The Veil

by Denis Johnson
 

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A collection of poems of grief, regret, nightmare, acceptance, redemption, and the dark recesses of the soul.

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A collection of poems of grief, regret, nightmare, acceptance, redemption, and the dark recesses of the soul.

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Having established himself as a fiction writer by publishing three novels in five years, Johnson returns to poetry with his first collection since The Incognito Lounge ( LJ 4/1/82), entering again a personal Twilight Zone of all-night diners, monasteries, and museums inhabited by ``the sad people of space'' who daily suffer ``the terror/ of being just one personone chance, one set of days.'' Like that of his contemporary Lawrence Raab, Johnson's style stems directly from the Mark Strand school of late-show creepiness, his alienated narrators talking to themselves in landscapes of darkness and absence. But Johnson's loose, prosaic constructs lack resonance, and though they sometimes amuse and surprise, one detects a glibness that belies the nightmare. It's all just too chic to be true. Fred Muratori, Cornell Univ. Lib.

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ISBN-13:
9780394743431
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/01/1987
Series:
Knopf Poetry Series
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
96

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