by Blaise Moritz


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Zeppelin by Blaise Moritz

In Blaise Moritz's second collection, Zeppelin, we are passengers in the long-range ghost ship that is our new millennial culture. The time before technology recedes in our wake—the past an amazing clutter, if only as deep as early modern things—and looking forward, our impressions phase constantly. We travel far, seeing much that is strange, but it seems more enervating than thrilling, always subordinate to the constant narrative of crisis. In our weariness, we wish to reach apocalypse and post-apocalypse where we might recover some simplicity, but instead are left at loose ends, dwelling on all that has been lost, forgotten, defeated, none of which will even settle down into tragic symbols: at any time anything might be revived as nostalgia or as the improbable font of saving innovation.

And yet there is time and experience enough on our journey to arrive at the real once more, to rediscover the terrain, both natural and constructed, and know again that it preceded our maps. Time enough to return to the simplicity that is never lost within us, the redemptive powers of our childhood delight in what might still be a great gleaming ship built from our imaginations and the hope borne in the songs we sing en route.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780889712799
Publisher: Nightwood Editions
Publication date: 04/02/2013
Pages: 96
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Blaise Moritz lives in Toronto, Ontario. His poems have appeared widely in Canadian literary journals and he is the author of Crown and Ribs (Fitzhenry and Whiteside, 2007).

His website is blaisemoritz.com.

Table of Contents

An old photo of the Zeppelin that Goodyear flew out of Akron 9

It 10

Shawarma 11

The Dishwash Sun 12

City Under an Epidemic 14

I Saw a Man of Blood 16

Beautiful People 17

Old Polonius 18

A Wilderness in the Divine Love 20

Two Women 22

The Flamboyant Dictionary 23

During the Flood 24

Makhmalbaf on the Iranian Cinema 25

At the Venetian 28

To Martial 30

I Scan Not See the City Street 31

My Little Civilization 32

The Death of Robert Lowell 34

Across the Grid 39

Eclogue 40

While the Continent of Users Is Dreaming 41

Ulysses 42

The Port of London 43

If the Child Could Be a Child Always 44

The Tic-Tac-Toe-Playing Chicken 47

Movie Monster 50

In a Toy Store Window 5

The Saturday Penny 53

On Translating Spider-Man into Japanese 54

Chapter III. The Brown Deal Box 56

Restoration 57

They Will Know Us by Our Hits and Views 58

AM Nocturne 59

Death Drive 72

Garbage Day 74

Saxophone 75

In Praise of Shogun Warriors 76

Future-State Telephony 78

The Heart's Health 79

Holy Saturday 80

Summer Fading and the Fair 82

On Your First Visit to the Zoo 83

Parachuted Cherry 84

Hillsdale 85

Song: City, Mirror, Moon 86

To sit again on a bench, one of a large edition 88

Notes 91

Acknowledgements 94

About the Author 95

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