Ya Te Veo: Poems

Ya Te Veo: Poems

by P. Scott Cunningham


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Finalist, 2018 Miller Williams Poetry Prize

Ya Te Veo takes as its title the name of a mythical tree that eats people. Like the branches of that tree, the poems in this book seem to capture and nourish themselves on a diverse cast of would-be passers-by, drawing their life-force from the resulting synthesis of characters. Among the seized are poets and painters alongside musicians from Garth Brooks to Wu-Tang Clan to the composer Morton Feldman, whose mysterious personality serves as a backdrop in many poems for meditations on intimacy, ethics, and anxiety.

As the phrase “ya te veo” (“I see you”) implies, this is a book interested in revealing what we think is hidden, in questioning the gap inside all of us, a gap between what we feel and what we say and do, making space for our many contradictions.

Like the works of Feldman, these poems focus and recede, experimenting with form in order to accomplish a state of deep concentration. They impersonate sonnets, ghazals, terza rima, monologues, translations, and freestyles, but inexactly, embracing failed imitation as an opportunity to remix the familiar.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781682260562
Publisher: University of Arkansas Press
Publication date: 03/01/2018
Series: Miller Williams Poetry Prize Series
Edition description: 1
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 423,805
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 16.70(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

P. Scott Cunningham’s poems, essays, and translations have appeared in Harvard Review, The Awl, POETRY, A Public Space, RHINO, Los Angeles Review of Books, Tupelo Quarterly, Monocle, and The Guardian. He lives in Miami, Florida, where he serves as the director of O, Miami and the editor of Jai-Alai Books.

Table of Contents

Series Editor's Preface v

Acknowledgments xi

Giles Corey 3

Planet Earth 5

Three Plants That Eat People 8

Soda Can 13

Against Detroit 17

Fugue 52 22

Jack Gilbert 25

Against Surrealism 26

Examining a Carpet 27

Mexico 29

Now a Word about Twentieth-Century Music 34

How the New York School Was Formed 40

Two Epigraphs without a Poem 41

Poems about Concentration for People Who Can't Concentrate 42

Orange and Life in General 44

O, 1987 47

Dear Goose 49

Bidart & Lowell 50

Noir 53

Who Was Sonia Sekula? 55

I Drank Some Milk and It Rained 56

Origin Myth 58

A Story about a Marriage 60

O, 1951 62

Anecdote 63

Easter Eggs 64

Projection 2 66

Qasida of the Pinecone 68

Florida Man 69

Wagner & Nietzsche 71

There Is a Forward Motion in Old Video Games 73

Leica 74

Dover Beaches 75

And from the Chimney Issues the Smoke 77

January in Buffalo 80

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