Twenty-Seven Props for a Production of Eine Lebenszeit [NOOK Book]

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Timothy Donnelly's poems have already garnered a following in some of America's best literary journals (The Paris Review, Ploughshares), and the long-awaited publication of his first collection of poetry will make a spectacular new addition to the Grove Press Poetry Series. Donnelly seduces the reader with his ability to summon up just about any topic, sensibility, or thought, with the self-assurance and effortlessness of a skilled master. The title poem is a brilliant expose of an imaginary play that is an ...
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Overview


Timothy Donnelly's poems have already garnered a following in some of America's best literary journals (The Paris Review, Ploughshares), and the long-awaited publication of his first collection of poetry will make a spectacular new addition to the Grove Press Poetry Series. Donnelly seduces the reader with his ability to summon up just about any topic, sensibility, or thought, with the self-assurance and effortlessness of a skilled master. The title poem is a brilliant expose of an imaginary play that is an allegorical rendering of a single lifetime. Donnelly imagines a stage and populates it with objects that emerge as pictorial and poetic anchors punctuating the enveloping verse. As the poem craftily weaves around these, its energy builds up to a climax that is both a luminous poetic offering and an amatory overture at the reader. In "Accidental Species," he puts forth a remarkable statement about his own efforts as a poet, a humorous ars poetica ("If I only had a crutch I wouldn't wobble / half so much") by way of a heartbreaking lover's complaint ("The terror I inspired I am made to feel"). Acclaimed by Richard Howard as "brilliant and masterful," Timothy Donnelly's premiere work combines an extraordinary gift for rhetorical exuberance and syntactical intricacy with a stunning poetic maturity. For its thoughtfulness and range, for the sheer energy of its rhetoric, and for the audacity of its poetic acumen, Twenty-Seven Props for a Production of Eine Lebenszeit is a remarkable debut collection from one of our most outstanding and original young poets.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
With rhyme schemes unseen since Swinburne and the will to carry them through multiple, lexeme-laden stanzas, Donnelly "allowed himself the lustrous pleasure of allowing" in this debut. These 27 poems work toward the title's "lifetime," "though tussocked grasses bend and fade." Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802196774
  • Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/1/2007
  • Series: Grove Press Poetry
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 112
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author


Timothy Donnelly's poems have appeared in American Letters and Commentary, Denver Quarterly, Fence, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, TriQuarterly, Verse, Volt, Western Humanities Review, and elsewhere. He has been coeditor of poetry for Boston Review since 1996 and is currently a graduate student in English at Princeton University. In 2001 he received a Master Writer Fellowship from the New York State Writer's Institute.
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Table of Contents

Foreword
Twenty-seven Props for a Production of Eine Lebenszeit 3
An Inflorescence 5
Sonata ex Machina 7
Isn't It Romantic? 12
Der Nachtschwarmer 13
Marblehead 15
Fanny Fowler's Poetry and Dioramas Workshop 17
Chance of Infinity in a Little Room 23
Maintenance 30
Scarecrow in Magnolia 35
Accidental Species 36
Three Panels Depending on the Heart 40
Reading of Medieval Life, I Wonder Who I Am 43
Monastic 45
Pansies Under Monkshood: A Folly 46
Bangor 50
The Spleen's Own Music 52
Relief in Gestures Artificial and Oblique 62
The Monarchy of Papier-mache 67
The Driver of the Car Is Unconscious 68
Anything to Fill in the Long Silences 70
From a Further Meaning Faded 77
Delphinium 80
Kneeling Man with Cane on Construction 81
An Acting Appendix 83
His Long Imprison'd Thought 84
Birdsong from Inside the Egg 92
Notes 95
Acknowledgments 97
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2005

    Ignore previous postings

    Simply said, Donnelly is one of the leading poets of his generation. Alongside Geoffrey G. O'Brien, Karen Volkman, and Srikanth Reddy, Timothy Donnelly is doing his best to pull each and every one of you up by your tired bootstraps. If you want the downright pitiful excuse for poetic thought that Ted Kooser provides, read Kooser. If you want the shallow and cursory achievements of Billy Collins, read Collins. If you want intelligent poetry that's toweringly aware of the history behind it and the future it's creating, read Timothy Donnelly.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2003

    this is a one-star at most

    Twnety Seven Props has no sense of music, meaning, or rhythm, everything that makes a poem great, as well as memorable. This book is merely self-indulgent, not compelling, repellent rather than drawing you in with its language and form. ambition is not enough to make a book good. It has to be a good book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2003

    not a good book

    this poetry collection bored me but did not engage me. With its transparent striving to be 'clever' (not successful) and wordplay devoid of meaning, 27 props is an exercise in tedium. there is nothing slightly moving or poignant about it. So you will wonder what the point is. 27 Props is gawdawful, and I tend to go for strange and out-there stuff, but this is just BAD.

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