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Sight Map: Poems / Edition 1

Sight Map: Poems / Edition 1

by Brian TeareBrian Teare


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Ícaro|Ícaro|Ícaro|In Sight Map Brian Teare blends the speculative poetics of the San Francisco Renaissance with a postconfessional candor to embody the "open field" tradition of such poets as Robin Blaser and Robert Duncan. Teare provides us with poems that insist on the simultaneous physical embodiment of tactile pleasure—that which is found in the textures of thought and language—as well as the action of syntax. Partly informed by an ecological imagination that leads him back to Emerson and Thoreau, Teare's method and fragmented style are nevertheless up to the moment. Remarkable in its range, Sight Map serves at once as a cross-country travelogue, a pilgrim's gnostic progress, an improvised field guide, and a postmodern "pillowbook," recording the erotic conflation of lover and beloved, deity and doubter.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520258761
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 03/02/2009
Series: New California Poetry , #26
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 96
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Brian Teare is the author of the award-winning The Room Where I Was Born, as well as the forthcoming volume Pleasure and two chapbooks. He has received Stegner, National Endowment for the Arts, and MacDowell Colony poetry fellowships.

Table of Contents

40:57:54 N/76:54L35 W
Emerson Susquehanna
To Be Two
Lent Prayer
As if from Letters of Surveyor Samuel Maclay
To Take the House out of Doors

42:53:6 N/71:57:17 W
Theory of Trees
Spirit Photograph
The Word from His Mouth, It Is Perfect
Long After Hopkins

The ravine a canoe,
A type of spine.
Ash, birch, beech, pine.
Errant : Reply.
As being is to begin.
West to dust.
To drag about, to torment, to wallow,

37:48:9 N/122:15:4 W
Sanctuary, Its Root Sanctus
Thoreau Etude
Genius Loci
Abandoned Palinode for the Twenty Suitors of June
An Essay to End Pleasure


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"[It] leaves a reader awestruck. The volume encourages hope that a new poetry can emerge from the rubble of postmodernism. . . . The book becomes a guidebook to the past and present sources that contemporary poets have to sift through, an excavation and re-forming of our roots."—Rumpus

"One of the best poetry books I've read in many years. This volume leaves you breathless with its force of method and style—a ravishing field guide that takes the love poem to entirely new terrain."—Minneapolis City Pages

"Pleasure, sonic, linguistic, natural, sexual, and sinful fill this book. Read it for this. Take pleasure in [these] poems."—The Colorado Review

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