Raymond Carver said of The Incognito Lounge, Denis Johnson’s third and most widely acclaimed book of verse: The subject matter is harrowingly convincing, is nothing less than a close examination of the darker side of human conduct. Why do we act this way? Johnson asks. How should we act? His best poems are examples of what the finest poetry can do: bring us closer to ourselves and at the same time put us in touch with something larger.
|Publisher:||Carnegie-Mellon University Press|
|Series:||Carnegie Mellon Classic Contemporary Series: Poetry|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.30(d)|
About the Author
The Incognito Lounge was DENIS JOHNSON's third published book of verse. His poems have been collected in the Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations Millenium General Assembly. He is also the author of novels and collections of essays, short stories, and plays. Among his many awards are fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fund, The Whiting Foundation, and the Lannan Foundation.
Table of Contents
The Incognito Lounge
White, White Collars
The White Fires of Venus
From a Berkeley Notebook
On the Olympic Peninsula
Ten Months After Turning Thirty
In a Light of Other Lives
The Woman in the Moon
The Coming of Age
The Confession of St. Jim-Ralph
What People are Saying About This
"Denis Johnson's poems are driven by a ravening desire to make sense out of the life lived. The subject matter is harrowingly convincing, is nothing less than a close examination of the darker side of human conduct. why do we act this way? Johnson asks. How should we act? The best poems from The Incognito Lounge are examples of what the finest poetry can dobring us closer to ourselves and at the same time put us in touch with something larger. I'm unabashedly reminded of Whitman's remark about his own work'Who touches this book touches a man.'"
"In this marvelous, troubling book, Denis Johnson speaks-with passion and wit-for every hushed or broken voice in America's cities of night. These are searing, unforgettable poems."