Archeology of the Circle: New and Selected Poems

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With Song of Napalm, Bruce Weigl established himself as a poet of incomparable power and lyric fury whose work stands as an elegy to the countless lives dramatically altered by war. Archeology of the Circle brings together the major work of one of America's greatest poets. Collected here for the first time, from eight volumes of poetry and spanning two decades, the poems in Archeology of the Circle also include Bruce Weigl's most recent work, which takes a dramatic turn toward a hard-bitten and sensuous lyric. Out of the horror of individual experience, Bruce Weigl has fashioned poetry that offers solace to disillusionment and bears transcendent resonance for all of us. Archeology of the Circle illustrates Bruce Weigl's remarkable creative achievements and signifies his own personal and spiritual salvation through his writing.

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1955
After The Others
Amnesia
And We Came Home
Anna Grasa
Anniversary Of Myself
Apparition Of The Exile
At The Confluence Of Memory And Desire In Lorain, Ohio
Bear Meadow
The Biography Of Fatty's Bar And Grille
The Black Hose
Blues At The Equinox
Breakdown
Burning Shit At An Khe
Cardinal
Care
Carp
The Choosing Of Mozart's Fantasie Over Suicide
The Confusion Of Planes We Must Wander In Sleep
Conversation Of Our Blood
Convoy
The Deer Hunter
Dialectical Materialism
Dogs
Elegy
Elegy For A.
Elegy For Her Whose Name You Don't Know
Elegy For Peter
Fever Dream In Hanoi
The Forms Of Eleventh Avenue
The Future
Girl At The Chu Lai Laundry
The Hand That Takes
The Happiness Of Others
The Happy Land
The Harp
Her Life Runs Like A Red Silk Flag
Him, On The Bicycle
Hymn Of My Republic
I Have Had My Time Rising And Singing
The Impossible
In The Autumn Village
In The House Of Immigrants
The Inexplicable Abandonment Of Habit In Eclipse
Killing Chickens
The Kiss
The Last Lie
The Life Before Fear
The Loop
Lz Nowhere
The Man Who Made Me Love Him
May
Meditation At Hue
Meditation At Melville Ave.
Mercy
Mines
Monkey
My Early Training
Noise
The Nothing Redemption
On The Ambiguity Of Injury And Pain
On The Anniversary Of Her Grace
On The Dictatorship Of The Proletariat
On This Spot
The One
Our 17th Street Years
Our Independence Day
Our Lies And Their Beauty
Our Middle Years
Painting On A T'ang Dyanasty Water Vessel
Pigeons
Pineapple
Praise Wound Dirt Skin Sky
Red Squirrel
Regret For The Mourning Doves Who Failed To Mate
River Journal
A Romance
Sailing To Bien Hoa
Shelter
Short
The Singing And The Dancing
Sitting With The Buddhist Monks, Hue, 1967
The Sky In Daduza Township
Small Song For Andrew
Snowy Egret
The Soldier's Brief Epistle
Some Thoughts On The Ambassador: Bong Son, 1967
Song For The Lost Private
Song Of Napalm
The Streets
Surrounding Blues On The Way Down
Temple Near Quang Tri, Not On The Map
Temptation
That Finished Feeling
They Name Heaven
This Man
Three Fish
Three Meditations At Nguyen Du
The Way Of Tet
What I Saw And Did In The Alley
What Saves Us
Why I'm Not Afraid
Why Nothing Changes For Miss Ngo Thi Thanh
Words Like Cold Whiskey Between Us And Pain
The Years Without Understanding'
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The first five volumes covered in Weigels Archeology (1976s Executioner to 1988s Song of Napalm) dwell on Weigls firsthand experiences of Americas southeast Asian war, returning obsessively to combat terror, witnessed atrocities and cravings for underaged prostitutes. However laudable his brutal honesty, lines like I was barely in country soon become tiresome. Weigls best poems come from his three 1990s volumes (particularly from After the Others, represented in Archeology with selections marked as New Poems) where he begins to distill his themes of disgust and horror within non-Vietnam contexts. Weigls most grimly powerful poems, all found in Archeology, are The Impossible, an account of being forced, as a seven-year-old boy, to perform oral sex on a strange man, and The Nothing Redemption, a disgusting vision of a young man whose hole/ was plastered closed with his own excrement in an attempt to disqualify himself from military service. Snowy Egret (from 1985) and Carp (a more pressurized rhyme sonnet from 1996s Sweet Lorain) are convincing documents of regret for mindless boyhood destruction of animal life. The complex and unsettling Pineapple (appearing in both volumes) is a recollection of a womans seductive behavior in a supermarket fruit aisle; tinged with lust and violence, it somehow reaches its dark climax in the narrators refusal to respond to the womans advances. That poem and other notables in After the Others (such as the squalid The Singing and the Dancing and the desperate Anniversary of Myself) make that book the most consistently rewarding effort from this still evolving poet.
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