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About Threshold Songs, the voices in these poems perform at the interior thresholds encountered each day, where we negotiate the unfathomable proximities of knowing and not knowing, the gulf of seeing and feeling, the uncanny relation of grief to joy, and the borderless nature of selfhood and tradition. Both conceptual and haunted, these poems explore the asymmetry of the body’s chemistry and its effects on expression and form. The poems in Threshold Songs tune us to the microtonal music of speaking and being spoken. Check for the online reader’s companion at http://petergizzi.site.wesleyan.edu.
About the Author
PETER GIZZI is the author of The Outernationale, Some Values of Landscape and Weather, Artificial Heart, and Periplum. He teaches at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Table of Contents
The Growing Edge
Hypostasis & New Year
Eye of the Poem
How I Remember Certain Fields of Inquiry (and ones I only imagine)
This Trip Around the Sun Is Expensive
On Prayer Rugs and a Small History of Portraiture
A “Buddy Poppy” for Mike
A Ghost Card for Robert
Moonlight & Old Lace
Tradition & the Indivisible Talent
Springtime in Rutledge
A Penny for the Old Guy
A Note on the Text
True Discourse on Power
History Is Made at Night
Modern Adventures at Sea
What People are Saying About This
“Gizzi’s poems reach persistently for what comes to seem like the ghost of the beauty of the world.”
“Threshold Songs, as the title suggests, pushes against both abstraction and lyric voicing, ensnaring the close listener in an intensifying cascade of dissociative rhythms and discursive constellations. Songs also say, saying also sings. And what at first seems to resist song becomes song. These enthralling, sometime soaring, poems approach, without dwelling in, elegy. They are the soundtrack of a political and cultural moment whose echoic presence Gizzi makes as viscous as the ‘dark blooming surfs of winter ice.’”