Driving Face Down: Poems

Driving Face Down: Poems

by Doren Robbins

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ISBN-13: 9780899241098
Publisher: University of Washington Press
Publication date: 01/01/2001
Pages: 72
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)
Age Range: 18 Years

Table of Contents

Part OneTwine TwineMa's MaThe SailorThe Injury in My Mouth Tells MeJewdogAbramsUkrainian BirdAnna

Part TwoCookClinicRye SeedGregor Samsa's FaceHad to BeTwo Puppets in OneFloating ForestsRattledThe Style of My Vengeance

Part ThreeMy Pico BoulevardHer FridayChaos with WaterfowlMarc Chagall and the Male SoulSome 1948Driving Face DownMaskThe Red FanBeneath the Jewish Music

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Gerald Stern

Doren Robbins combines politics and ecstacy, mourning and dancing. He is a superb poet, centered, strong, gentle, musical. He puts the drivelers to shame. He is a truth—teller.

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"What of the tired, the lost, the cast aside? We behold them all, revealed in their human complexity with tenderness, wit and rage in Driving Face Down, a book that's been a long time in coming. From Robbins's Chagallesque portraits to his vast, unflinching vision of LA, I admire the gritty, original, uncompromising voice that drives these rich, furious poems."—Dorianne Laux, Final Judge for 2000 Competition

"Doren Robbins combines politics and ecstacy, mourning and dancing. He is a superb poet, centered, strong, gentle, musical. He puts the drivelers to shame. He is a truth—teller."—Gerald Stern

"Robbins' work sounds very little like most of what is being published in America by poets his age. . . . He comes out of another tradition, one we forget in these indifferent times at our own peril, the tradition of Villon, of Corbiere, Celine, Henry Miller, Tom McGrath, and most recently Gerald Stern, the great outsiders who bless our daily lives with their boundless love and rage."—Philip Levine

Dorianne Laux

What of the tired, the lost, the cast aside? We behold them all, revealed in their human complexity with tenderness, wit and rage in Driving Face Down, a book that's been a long time in coming. From Robbins's Chagallesque portraits to his vast, unflinching vision of LA, I admire the gritty, original, uncompromising voice that drives these rich, furious poems.

Philip Levine

Robbins' work sounds very little like most of what is being published in America by poets his age. . . . He comes out of another tradition, one we forget in these indifferent times at our own peril, the tradition of Villon, of Corbiere, Celine, Henry Miller, Tom McGrath, and most recently Gerald Stern, the great outsiders who bless our daily lives with their boundless love and rage.

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The poems in this book have been compared to those of Villon, Corbiere, Thomas McGrath, and Gerald Stern, but this is the work of an American original. His voice is strong, rhythmic, and to the point, not bitter but fully aware of the world's realities, as well as love's complexities. There are poems about work, relatives, the Holocaust, urban existence, and every one of them tells it like it is. In that sense the book is deep because the poems are emotional without being sentimental. In the poem "Rattled," he writes, "What I'm about/is a rattle, the kind/you can see the wood grain/showing in the stem,/not one with a slick painted handle...and I need to shake up/ the flying embyo broken off/inside of it. Not just any rattle will do." There are, in my opinion, a few worthy mid-career poets currently worth reading, among them: Dorianne Laux, Gary Soto, Yusef Komunayakaa, Kim Addonizio, and with this award-winning book, Doren Robbins. This book of poems is a real discovery.