The 26-Hour Day

The 26-Hour Day

by Olivia Clare

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ISBN-13: 9781936970360
Publisher: New Issues Poetry and Prose
Publication date: 09/22/2015
Pages: 67
Sales rank: 878,469
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

OLIVIA CLARE'S poems have appeared in Poetry, Southern Review, Notre Dame Review, London Magazine, and other journals. Short stories have appeared in journals including Southern Review, Yale Review, Kenyon Review Online, and Ecotone. Her awards for poetry include the Olive B. O’Connor Fellowship at Colgate University and the Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation. For her fiction, she’s received an O. Henry Award and a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award.

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Donald Revell

“Our rituals are themselves created by the very objects they mimic to control. Thus, the rituals of poetry were rehearsed by language long before the poems began. Olivia Clare knows and celebrates this numinous reversion. In the midst of her vocables, she speaks for meaning where the meanings are. The 26-Hour Day is a compelling debut.”

Lisa Russ Spaar

The speaker in these by turns surreal, hagiographic, oneiric, fabular, elegiac poems keeps what Emily Dickinson called 'Esoteric Time.' 'Within' time. In the title poem, a dark berceuse, the hour is 'black bear o'clock,' a spell beyond tell-able time for which not even the 26 letters of the alphabet, evoked by the title, are a guaranteed talisman. 'Cryonics' admonishes a depressed friend, 'caught / in an hourglass neck / of cells not dividing,' to 'revive: / child the father / of the sand.' References to seconds, minutes, hourglasses, sands, clocks, gnomon, dials, and all manner of measuring, counting, and 'telling' time abound, as the speaker, with widdershins pluck, provocatively reverses, transgresses, and teases such limitations to fashion worlds that exempt themselves from any static or linear notion of past, present, future, or place. We shuttle among multitudinous realms: myth, pre-Raphaelite painting, fairy tale, classical music, Europe, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, Jerusalem's Western Wall, and even an imagined future in which a mother might meet an unconceived child and dead wives return and return again. 'If no one asks me [what Time is],' wrote St. Augustine, 'I know; if I wish to explain it to one that asketh, I know not.' By attempting to word that ineffable and manifold 'within time,' Clare conjures a cosmological wunderkammer of a first book, '[k]indred, in a flickering place.' --Lisa Russ Spaar

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