If Men, Then: Poems

If Men, Then: Poems

by Eliza Griswold

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Overview

A darkly humorous new collection of poems by the Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and author of Wideawake Field and Amity and Prosperity

If Men, Then, Eliza Griswold’s second poetry collection, charts a radical spiritual journey through catastrophe. Griswold’s language is forthright and intimate as she steers between the chaos of a tumultuous inner world and an external landscape littered with SUVs, CBD oil, and go bags, talismans of our time. Alternately searing and hopeful, funny and fraught, the poems explore the world’s fracturing through the collapse of the ego, embodied in a character named “I”—a soul attempting to wrestle with itself in the face of an unfolding tragedy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780374280772
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 02/11/2020
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 1,184,480
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Eliza Griswold is the author of an acclaimed first book of poems, Wideawake Field, as well as The Tenth Parallel: Dispatches from the Fault Line Between Christianity and Islam, which won the 2011 J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize. Her translations of Afghan women’s folk poems, I Am the Beggar of the World, was awarded the 2015 PEN Award for Poetry in Translation. She has held fellowships from the New America Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, and Harvard University, and in 2010 the American Academy in Rome awarded her the Rome Prize for her poems. Griswold, currently a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University, is also the author of Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America, which was named a New York Times Book Review Notable Book of 2018, one of The Washington Post’s 50 Notable Works of Nonfiction for 2018, and a New York Times Editors’ Choice. She was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction in 2019.

Table of Contents

Prayer

1

Prelude to a Massacre
Goodbye, Mullah Omar
Kaliyuga
Host
Friday Afternoon with Boko Haram
Gaia
Pulling Out
Water Table
On Wearing a Tracking Device
Habeas Corpus
Ruins
Geographic
Lampedusa
Early Middle Ages

2 / FIRST PERSON

i. Reflect ii. There Is No We in Kaliyuga iii. Netherworld Weathergirl iv. Testing v. Green vi. A Rock Rolled Out of Bed vii. Hurt People viii. Of Empty Heaven and Its Hymns ix. Bembix x. Old School xi. The Morning After xii. Survival: A User’s Guide xiii. Singer Futura xiv. Cookie xv. Towed

3

Ode to the People of Melos
Gone the Lofty Days of Pericles
Libyan Proverbs
Ode to the Dead Journalist
Baker’s Tomb, 30 BC
Waiting for the Volcano
Remedy
Apotheosis
Circus Maximus
Sabaudia
Asma
Snow in Rome
No Mother Is Good Enough
Renunciation
Shieldmaiden

4

Tree,
Geographic II
Inner Émigré
Arion and the Dolphin
Love Poem for a Mature Audience
Slough
Ode to Thucydides
Key West
Little Gidding
What If the Apocalypse Were Sudden
Metamorphosis
High Above All Nations
Elephant
Toward a New Year

Notes
Acknowledgments

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