Description - A Carnage in the Lovetrees by Richard Greenfield
"Surely, all art is the result of one's having been in danger, of having gone through an experience all the way to the end," said Rilke. A Carnage in the Lovetrees begins at the moment the speaker reaches this realization. He resolves then to rebuild a world caught in the crosshairs of repeated annihilation, regrounding love as the only viable stratagem for survival. Richard Greenfield's sequence of poems searches for a way to live in the aftermath of private trauma and public disaster. It represents a struggle to reconcile the historical with the present and to find a language that allows the speaker to endure past calamities. These relentless, acrobatic, and self-aware poems resist settling for easy solutions, or even closure, but instead push toward the difficult compromise of the livable.
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(210mm x 140mm x 6mm)
University of California Press
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Author Biography - Richard Greenfield
Richard Greenfield is a doctoral candidate in English & Creative Writing at the University of Denver. A graduate of the University of Montana's creative writing program, his work has appeared in Boston Review, Fourteen Hills, syllogism, and VOLT