Eternity & Oranges

Eternity & Oranges

by Christopher Bakken

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“We’d not slept in days, or else we were/ still sleeping—who could tell?” someone asks in the opening poem of Eternity & Oranges. The voices we encounter in this book speak on the verge of disappearance, from places marked by disintegration and terror. Christopher Bakken's poems are acts of conjuring. They move from the real political landscapes of Greece, Italy, and Romania, into more surreal spaces where history comes alive and the summoned dead speak. In the formally diverse long poem, “Kouros/Kore,” but also in this book’s terse and harrowing dream songs, Bakken writes with devastating force, at every turn “Guilty of the crime of praise” while “begging for an antidote to beauty.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780822981282
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date: 03/11/2016
Series: Pitt Poetry Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 72
File size: 526 KB

About the Author

Christopher Bakken is department chair and Frederick F. Seeley Professor of English at Allegheny College. He is the author of the poetry collections After Greece and Goat Funeral. He is also co-translator of The Lions’ Gate: Selected Poems of Titos Patrikios, and the author of Honey, Olives, Octopus: Adventures at the Greek Table.

Table of Contents

Contents Aubade Interior with a Closed Notebook Impressions of a Drowning Man Thyrsus Report from the Office of Optical Illusions Denial Translation Resistance 17.ix.07 Sentence Some Things along Strada C. A. Rosetti Confession Myth Possession, Macedonia Appeal Last Station of No One’s Cross Still Life Amphitheater Exterior with Knife and Net Kouros/Kore Altar Elegy A Poem Not Written by Yannis Ritsos on the Day of My Birth Squid Fishing The Skyros Papers Troppo Mare Stake Recessional Defiance Interior with a Bowl of Matches Notes Acknowledgments

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