Green and Gray

Green and Gray

by Geoffrey G. O'Brien

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Overview


Geoffrey G. O’Brien’s second collection documents the “remorse of the senses” that attends each moment of experience, the pain and pleasure of not exiting a world in which injustice and distraction secure every sensual event. Attempting to reestablish experience as something other than complicity, these poems insist on “desiring that which is as if it were not,” making poetry out of neighborhood flyers, the Patriot Act, and the poverty of presidential speech. Given this mandate to stay within limited resources, Green and Gray makes a virtue of refusing to abandon them, often relying on an emphatic recirculation of words and phrases to generate its own system complexities. These are poems whose materials remember their former use: the gray of the city and the green it used to be.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520250192
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 04/09/2007
Series: New California Poetry , #20
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 102
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.25(d)

About the Author


Geoffrey G. O’Brien is a Lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley, and the author of The Guns and Flags Project (UC Press).

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments
Some Versions of
Paraphrase of Aragon
Three Seasons
The New
The Bulletin of Lyon
A Difficult Summary
In Re Others
Logic of Confession
Realia
Ur
Man of Joy
Fountain
Revaluation of Purple
On the Phantom Estate
Objects in Portraits
To Be out of Sweden and
Alieniloquy
Amorous Poem
Beginnings of Rounds
Deer Isle
At the Changing Villa
A Word with a Poem around It
Several Endless Statements
Ajar
False Neutral
A Little Object
Spring Struggle
How a Cat Returns
In Gardens Where Saints Meet
Sent Past Exhibits
Prior to Assent
A Calendar
Written on a Column
Mixed Mode
They Met Only in the Evenings
Wall of Men and Women
The Nature of Encounters
This Partly Imaginary Tale
Hysteron Proteron
To Classes

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