From the Book of Giants

From the Book of Giants

by Joshua Weiner

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Overview

Song

 

                        for Thom Gunn

There is no east or west

in the wood you fear and seek,

stumbling past a gate of moss

and what you would not take.

And what you thought you had

(the Here that is no rest)

you make from it an aid

to form no east, no west.

No east.  No west.  No need

for given map or bell,

vehicle, screen, or speed.

Forget the house, forget the hill.

Taking its title from a set of writings found in the Dead Sea Scrolls, From the Book of Giants retunes the signal broadcast from these ancient fragments, transmitting a new sound in the shape of a Roman drain cover, in imitations of Dante and Martial, in the voice of a cricket and the hard-boiled American photographer Weegee, in elegies both public and personal, and in poems that range from the social speech of letters to the gnomic language of riddles. Out of poetry’s “complex of complaint and praise,” Joshua Weiner discovers, in one poem, his own complicity in Empire during his son’s baseball game at the White House. In another, an embroidered parrot sings a hermetic nursery rhyme to an infant after 9/11.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780226890517
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 04/15/2010
Series: Phoenix Poets
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 88
File size: 154 KB

About the Author

Joshua Weiner,winner of a Whiting Writers’ Award and a Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, is assistant professor of English at the University of Maryland and the author of The World’s Room, also published by the University of Chicago Press.  He lives in Washington, D.C.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

I

Bocca della Verità

Dante: To Guido Cavalcanti

Twister

Elegy: Reading Dugan in Rome

Hanging Mobile

National Pastime

2004

Postcard to Thom

Found Letter

Tempo

Trampoline

Cloak

II

Vita Nuova

III

Weegee: Coney Island Beach after Midnight

In the Country

Games for Someone

The Bed

Quilt

Song for Staying

Out of Range

Cricket

Mosaic

Departure

Net

Song

Searchlight

Lament from the Book of Giants

Notes

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