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Things Shaped in Passing: More "Poets for Life" Writing from the Aids Pandemic

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This important and passionate collection presents the work of forty-two American poets whose vision and language bear the impress of the AIDS pandemic, now almost in its third decade. It complements Poets for Life (Persea), the classic anthology of poetry on AIDS, and is also an update, presenting a poetry different from what has gone before, in which the elegist leaves the bedside to look at the whole fractured world, the world as it is, with AIDS in it. With its generous selections of the poets' works, as well ...
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Overview

This important and passionate collection presents the work of forty-two American poets whose vision and language bear the impress of the AIDS pandemic, now almost in its third decade. It complements Poets for Life (Persea), the classic anthology of poetry on AIDS, and is also an update, presenting a poetry different from what has gone before, in which the elegist leaves the bedside to look at the whole fractured world, the world as it is, with AIDS in it. With its generous selections of the poets' works, as well as their brief personal remarks on the relationship of their poetry to their experiences of AIDS, Things Shaped in Passing bears witness to the extremity of our moment.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780892552177
  • Publisher: Persea Books
  • Publication date: 10/28/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.94 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Here, but Differently
Introduction
Metaphors for the Body In Extremis 3
The Weight 4
From A Language of Hemophilia 5
The Care and Treatment of Pain 13
El Dia de los Muertos 15
The Distant Moon 16
Age 5 Born with AIDS 17
Aida 18
Love Poem with the Wind of Calvary 19
Sung from a Hospice 20
From the Artichoke Capital of the World Namesake of Fidel, As In the Queer Part of San Francisco 22
40 Days and 40 Nights 25
Carnations 26
The Gondolas 27
Contemporary Culture and the Letter "K" 29
Duende 32
Trying to Flee a Dark Bedroom 33
Jade 34
Future Text Panel 39
Poem for a Poem 40
The Falling Sky 42
Blood Positive 43
Wednesday Mourning 43
G-9 45
Parachute 60
D.O.A. 62
Grosse Fuge 65
One of the Rooming-Houses of Heaven 70
Atlantis 71
David Limieux 82
Homeless, Section III from "Triptych" 84
Lament 88
Memory Unsettled 91
The J Car 91
Against Elegies 93
Wednesday I.D. Clinic 97
For Matthew Ward, 1951-90 98
"Man Who Beat Up Homosexuals Reported to Have AIDS Virus" 100
How Some of It Happened 107
For Three Days 108
A Certain Light 109
The Promise 110
What the Living Do 111
Suite for Emily 112
After the Disease Concept 124
AIDS, AIDS, AIDS, AIDS, AIDS 125
Inventory 127
Althea 128
Review 129
Waste Not 130
SFO/HIV/JFK 131
Beauty 132
Some Things Shouldn't Be Written 134
Future Senses 135
Nights of 1990 137
After You Died 142
Tony: Ending the Life 143
The Useful Machine 147
Here 149
Manifesto 150
The Bee-Eater 152
Watching the Solar Eclipse with AIDS Patients in Infectious Disease Clinic, May 10, 1994 154
The Illustrious Providence of Solid Tumors 154
The Pathologist Dictates 155
As from a Quiver of Arrows 157
Tunnel 158
From the Devotions 160
In the Blood, Winnowing 162
Poem to Begin the Second Decade of AIDS 165
HIV Research Project 167
Watching "Destry Rides Again" 168
Kindertotenlieder 169
A Plague for Kit Marlowe 170
Blood Test 172
Peschanka 173
The End 174
In Sickness and in Health 176
To the Memory of David Kalstone 178
The Night of Wally's Service, Wally Said 178
William's Tale: The King of AIDS 179
Baby Random 182
So What Would You Have Done? 183
For My Third Cousin Ray John 185
Last Rights 186
That Thing 187
Waiting 189
The Bruise of This 193
How I Was Told and Not Told 194
Pneumocystis 195
Hmmmm 206
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