Speakers in Anticipate the Coming Reservoir return to and survey terrain that was once their own and find it strangely defamiliarized. As they process the changeschanges they generally see as suspectthese characters seek, and sometimes find, something like balance between nostalgia and terra incognita. This collection may be, as Natasha Trethewey writes, “his nostos,” but it is also John Hoppenthaler’s paen to existential resolve as it is exhibited by souls who possess, as David Baker describes it, “all our wounded, belated psyches.”
About the Author
JOHN HOPPENTHALER’s first book of poetry is Lives Of Water (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2003). His poetry appears in Ploughshares, Virginia Quarterly Review, Southern Review, McSweeney’s, 5 AM, Pleiades, Barrow Street, and elsewhere; his essays, interviews, and reviews in Arts & Letters, Southeast Review, Chelsea, Bellingham Review, and the Greenwood Encyclopedia of American Poetry. The Poetry Editor of Kestrel, he teaches at East Carolina University in Greensville.
Table of Contents
North on the Palisades Parkway Treehouse • Crash • Anticipate the Coing Reservoir • Ashokan: A Catskill Story • December SEttles in over Haverstraw Bay • Recipe • Somewhere Over • Odd Man Out • Arts & Crafts • Nyack, NY: 1/29/02 Ice Jesus • Tommy's Earthbound Son Gets to Jump Center on Senior Night • Oh, Danny Boy • College Town • Busking • Coconut Octopus • Buffeted • Key West • Postcard • Sex in Public Places • Silver Wings Sideshow • Fish Story • Friday Night at BI-LO • Another Saturday Night • When Rachel's Father Moved Away • Crop Duster • Still Life with Signed Iris DeMent Poster, Infamous Angel on the Stereo • Something is Out There • A Fall Poem • A Jar of Rain • Biographical Note Notes
What People are Saying About This
"In this aptly titled new collection, Anticipate the Coming Reservoir, John Hoppenthaler grounds an exploration of longing and loss in a firm sense of place. From upstate New York to the Florida coast, to the landscapes that exist only in memory and dream, Hoppenthaler knows well these places with tenderness. This is his nostos."
"The pressures are everywhere intensefrom above and belowin John Hoppenthaler's Anticipate the Coming Reservoir. These clear, good-natured poems are populated with buskers and Tiki bar patrons, rocked-out lovers and squirrel-meat-cooking yahoos, every last one of them scouring the earth for peace or at least a little comfort. They are explorers sailing 'hopeful against the current' of our funky suburbs, our big cities and wasted bottomlands: all our wounded, belated psyches."
"If the world is set on woulding us then where do we look to be healed, to find hope or solace or at least a balm for loneliness? Hoppenthaler answers this question with a paradox: we look back to what wounded us, back to the world, and we do so with the sort of serious affection that van Gogh described as central to true seeing, to recognizing the relief to be found in the ordinary . . . which becomes extraordinary in Hoppenthaler's hands."