The Guns and Flags Project
By (author) Geoffrey G. O'Brien
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Guns and Flags Project by Geoffrey G. O'Brien
Book DescriptionObsessed with work and dream, shot through with weather and color, Geoffrey G. O'Brien's spirited debut pursues the possibility of the lyric itself - whether the voice raised "with melodies/and thinking" can be rescued from the ongoing disaster of progress. In roving five-beat lines the poems pass again and again through scenes of liminality - sunset and dawn, falling asleep and waking up, border crossings - searching there for a potential ethics and politics of vision, a mutating, rhythmic "project" to oppose the inert spectacle of guns and flags. Like Ashbery stoked on sonics, O'Brien insists that the restless, unsatisfied motion of thought must hold the place for an ever-decaying freedom within the state. Yet it is not idea alone that flares "passionately in our lives," but the smell of rain, the behavior of clouds, repetitions of waves: these are the subjects of a meditative ecstasy that advances The Guns and Flags Project as an inheritor of the Stevensian tradition, charged with a sense that history's never-ending storm of restoration and ruin cannot be outmaneuvered but might be withstood, and even revised, by song.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780520231450
(229mm x 140mm x 12mm)
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 22-Feb-2002
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Geoffrey G. O'Brien
People on Sunday, Paperback (September 2013)
Exuberantly referential poems of personal and political struggle inhabit this highly acclaimed poet's fourth collection.
Metropole, Paperback (March 2011)View all books by Geoffrey G. O'Brien
A set of lyric experiments whose music and mutable syntax explore the social relations concealed in material things. It measures the 'vague cadence' of daily life, testing both the value and limits of art in a time of vanishing publics and permanent war.
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Author Biography - Geoffrey G. O'Brien
Geoffrey G. O'Brien's poetry has appeared in many journals, including American Letter & Commentary, The American Poetry Review, Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, Fence, The Iowa Review, and Volt.
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