As a collection of politically engaged poetry for the 21st century, Nude Descending and Empire develops the lyrical voice of a citizen-poet speaking to the urgency of our contemporary moment, especially its ecological crisis. This is a book that brings all the supposed sensitivity of poetry into contact with the world we actually live in—with all its crises, madness, and modernity—and insists that we feel it all. A reader will recognize many of the urgent political issues of our time, yet will find them re-inhabited and transformed here by the imaginative power of poetry. Our great ecological crisis is cast as the fulfillment of a long history of violence, domination, lies, and alienation—in one word, empire—and the book suggests that a livable future requires that we wholly inhabit our body-heart-mind and discover a new paradigm.
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Table of ContentsContents [From My Last Life as Rain] The Book of Endings Grand Opening Jataka Tales Walt Song: Infernal City of Lies Optical Illusion Past Tense History De Terre [I Am Addicted to Being a Man] The Book of Poetry Suits of Men Celebration in Autumn The Book of Wishes Madagascar Slugs Mating The Book of Autumn Figure, with Multitude In My Solitude American Mystic The Book of Things The Book of Revelation [Welcome to My Native Land] Snowed-In, Little Mountain Valley Douglas Fir Paper Testimony Salamandrine The Book of Echoes The Last Sun Dance Bittersweet Blue Heron [I, America] #DeadFacebookFriends Dear Customer Confession Poem The Book of Winter America: An Autobiography Propositions (Affairs of the State) While We Wait Goodnight Moon Home The Book of Spring Notes Acknowledgments