Accretion, articulation, exploration, transformation, naming, sentiment, private and public property - these are just a few of Juliana Spahr's interests. In this, her fourth collection of poetry, we find her performing her characteristic magic, turning these theoretical concerns into a poetic odyssey.
From her first poem, written in Honolulu, Hawaii, to the last, written in Berkeley, California, about her childhood in Appalachia, Spahr takes us on a wild patchwork journey backwards and forwards in time and space, tracking change - in ecology, society, economies, herself. Through a collage of "found language," a deep curiosity about place, and a restless intelligence, Spahr demonstrates the vibrant possibilities of an investigatory poetics. This verse is more inclusive than exclusive; Spahr writes of grape varietals, the shrinking of public beachfront in Hawaii, endangered plant, fish, and wildlife species, the melting of the polar ice caps, and comparative poverty rates. She also knows how to sing - in the oldest tradition of poetry - of loss, and her lament for nature is the most keen.
|Publisher:||Godine, David R. Publishers, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)|
Table of Contents
Some of We and the Land That Was Never Ours 8
Dole Street 30
Things of Each Possible Relation Hashing Against One Another 52
Unnamed Dragonfly Species 72
2199 Kalia Road 94
Gentle Now, Don't Add to Heartache 122
The Incinerator 134