Terminal Diagrams: Poems

Terminal Diagrams: Poems

by Garrick Davis

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Garrick Davis’s Terminal Diagrams may have been inspired by the illustrated maps in airport lounges, or perhaps they are the blueprints of the Apocalypse, with their subjects and objects representing the bitter fruits of either some future nightmare or the present world. Regardless, their vision is so bleak and unsparing, only a few will be able to savor them. Here, the art of poetry has been mechanized just as the world has been mechanized. Whether his subject is a car accident on the freeways of Los Angeles or the Book of Revelation transmitted by television, Davis’s stanzas conjure a kind of futuristic noir. In poem after poem, he examines the artistic possibilities of the machine, and its alterations of human experience, with a modern spirit that—as Baudelaire defined it—has embraced “the sublimity and monstrousness of something new.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780804040440
Publisher: Ohio University Press
Publication date: 12/21/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 61
File size: 594 KB

About the Author

Garrick Davis is the founding editor of the Contemporary Poetry Review, the largest online archive of poetry criticism in the world (cprw.com). His poetry and criticism have appeared in the New Criterion, Verse, the Weekly Standard, McSweeney’s, and the New York Sun. He is the folklore and traditional arts division specialist of the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, DC.

Table of Contents

Ultramodern Tattoo New Bohemia Lila At the Underground Club: Taxxi Café Metal Machine Music Aubade Techno Pastoral Unrestricted Development Modern Parable Cost-Benefit Analysis Disaster Report Annexation of Case 40-61 The 6ixth Session Assembly-Line Goddess Japonica Christmas Invocation Drive Song Passing over the Suburbs of San Diego The Art of Drifting through Los Angeles Etiwanda On Passing the San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant Night High above the Los Angeles Basin Christmas Shopping at Horton Plaza West Hollywood Rodeo Drive Zone Revelation Near the Suburbs of Alamogordo, New Mexico Deus Ex Machina www.prepare4y2k.com While Reading the Revelation of St. John the Divine, I Turn On the Television Terminal Diagram Notes About the author

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