From the Book of Giants
By (author) Joshua Weiner
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From the Book of Giants by Joshua Weiner
Book Description"Song"""" "for Thom GunnThere is no east or westin the wood you fear and seek, stumbling past a gate of mossand what you would not take.And what you thought you had(the Here that is no rest)you make from it an aidto form no east, no west.No east. No west. No needfor given map or bell, vehicle, screen, or speed.Forget the house, forget the hill.Taking its title from a set of writings found in the Dead Sea Scrolls, "From the Book of Giants" retunes the signal broadcast from these ancient fragments, transmitting a new sound in the shape of a Roman drain cover, in imitations of Dante and Martial, in the voice of a cricket and the hard-boiled American photographer Weegee, in elegies both public and personal, and in poems that range from the social speech of letters to the gnomic language of riddles. Out of poetry s complex of complaint and praise, Joshua Weiner discovers, in one poem, his own complicity in Empire during his son s baseball game at the White House. In another, an embroidered parrot sings a hermetic nursery rhyme to an infant after 9/11. "
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780226890463
(216mm x 161mm x 6mm)
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 20-Oct-2006
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Joshua Weiner
Figure of a Man Being Swallowed by a Fish, Paperback (April 2013)
Features an extended poem with a bold political dimension and great intellectual ambition. This book fuses the poet's point of view with Walt Whitman's to narrate a decentered time-traveling collage about Rock Creek, a tributary of the Potomac that runs through Washington, DC.
At the Barriers, Paperback (July 2009)
Maverick gay poetic icon Thom Gunn (1929-2004) and his body of work have long dared the British and American poetry establishments either to claim or disavow him. This book surveys Gunn's career from his youth in 1930s Britain to his final years in California, from his earliest publications to his later unpublished notebooks.
World's Room, Paperback (April 2001)» View all books by Joshua Weiner
From nursery rhymes to riddles to prose poems, this collection intertwines the literary and the personal, the elevated and the slang, and the sacred and the profane.
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Author Biography - Joshua Weiner
Joshua Weiner, winner of a Whiting Writers Award and a Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, is assistant professor of English at the University of Maryland and the author of "The World s Room, " also published by the University of Chicago Press. He lives in Washington, D.C."
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