Wild Civility (Wild Civility)

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Wild Civility (Wild Civility)

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  • 製本 Hardcover:ハードカバー版/ページ数 80 p.
  • 言語 ENG
  • 商品コード 9780295983516
  • DDC分類 811.54

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David Biespiel's long poetic lines crackle with rhythmic energy and a jazzy, bittersweet richness of language. Rolling out across the page like darkly luminous highways, his innovative, nine-line "American sonnets" promise adventure, offering a variant on the sonnet form that is both lyric and dramatic and bringing his masterful formal inventiveness to free verse. "I've come to imagine the nine-line sonnet to be like one of those classic Thunderbirds," says Biespiel, "something distinctly American: wide, roomy, and with a robust engine."

The vastly varied voices within the poems are united by a wonderfully limber diction. Using with revelatory precision the vocabularies of history, science, art, sport, philosophy, religion, literature, government, and domestic life, Biespiel has crafted a hip, melodic, elastic language that travels the registers of expression: lush and coarse, gaudy and austere, pliant and rigidly tough. The civility of the poems is the form; the wildness is the bristling energy of the language.

Passionate, resilient, rich with wit and word play, these poems affirm David Biespiel's increasing stature as a poet of remarkable accomplishment and promise.

Table of Contents

Preface                                            ix
Pagan 3 (7)
Hallucination 4 (6)
Under a Blossoming Plum Tree 10(5)
French Kiss 14(1)
Poets 15(5)
Dear Justice 19(1)
Explication de Texte 20(4)
Faith 21(3)
Gentrification 24(4)
After the Wedding 26(2)
Drunks 28(5)
Civility 31(2)
Shoulders 33(5)
Brawls 35(3)
Sangria 38(2)
Xerxes 39(1)
Prayer 40(6)
Starlings 44(2)
Exile 46(2)
Godhood 47(1)
Ferdinand Magellan 48(3)
Parties 49(2)
Spiritual Guy 51(2)
Brusque 52(1)
Ars Poetica 53(4)
Kazoo 55(2)
Civilization in the Next War 57(7)
Home 59(5)
Amichai 1924-2000 64(4)
Hermes 67(1)
Acknowledgments 68(1)
About the Poet 69