The Problem of the Many

The Problem of the Many

by Timothy Donnelly

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Overview

Winner of the Big Other Book Award for poetry and finalist for the Believer Book Award.


If The Cloud Corporation is, as John Ashbery called it, “the poetry of the future, here, today,” then Timothy Donnelly’s third collection, The Problem of the Many, is the poetry of the future yet further pressed to the end of history. In astonishingly textured poems powerful and adroit in their negotiation of a seeming totality of human experience, Donnelly confronts—from a contemporary vantage—the clutter (and devastation) that civilization has left us with, enlisting agents as far flung as Prometheus, Flaming Hot Cheetos, Jonah, NyQuil, and Alexander the Great.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781940696492
Publisher: Wave Books
Publication date: 10/01/2019
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 616,724
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Timothy Donnelly is the author of The Problem of the Many (Wave Books, 2019); The Cloud Corporation (Wave, 2010; Picador, 2011), which won the 2012 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award; and Twenty-seven Props for a Production of Eine Lebenszeit (Grove, 2003). He is a recipient of The Paris Review’s Bernard F. Conners Prize and the Poetry Society of America’s Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award as well as fellowships from the New York State Writers Institute and the Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. He is Director of Poetry in the Writing Program at Columbia University’s School of the Arts and lives in Brooklyn with his family.

Read an Excerpt

Insomnia


As darkness dissolves

the forms of things


they appear to merge

into the one


unbroken substance

they have been


all along, no single

component of which


can be said to exist

by necessity, but with


such continuous

relation to all other


components, it’s as if

nothing can be


lost without change

to everything, nothing


can be lost without

losing everything.

Table of Contents

CONTENTS

1.
The Stars Down to Earth
Prometheus
Stunt
All Through the War
The Endless
Apologies from the Ground Up
Unlimited Soup and Salad
Diet Mountain Dew
Solvitur Ambulando
Fascination
Malamute
Gifted
The Problem of the Many

2.
Arrows from the Sun
Job
By Night with Torch and Spear
Wasted
Shame
Nebuchadnezzar
A Habitation of Jackals, a Court for Ostriches
Chemical Life
The Radiance of a Thousand Suns
All the Shrimp I Can Eat
Golden
Lunch in a Town Named After a Company Slowly Poisoning Its Residents After Callimachus

3.
The Earth Itself
Happiness
Hymn to Edmund Albius
Escape into Time
Traveler
Jonah
The Death of Print Culture
The Death of the Author
The Death of Truth
November Paraphrase
NyQuil
Leviathan
Mutual Life

4.
Lycopodium Obscurum
Lapis Lazuli
Levitation
Some Comforts at the Expense of Others Poem Interrupted by Whitesnake
Poem on a Stair
Poem Written with a Pinecone in My Hand Poem Written with an Arrowhead in My Mouth Flamin’ Hot Cheetos
The Lighthouse of Alexandria
Roof
Burning Lichen from a Bronze Age Megalith Insomnia
Hymn to Life

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