Book by Finkelstein, Norman
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This collection supplies numerous images of an insinuating messenger like Kafka's Barnabas who is cited in the epigraph to the volume and again in a poem that bears his name as its title. His message about the ephemeral nature of experience informs the entire text: "There are so many poignant evaporations, / as the solid house, the sturdy tree, / the hammock cocoon of delightful rest / come to a term and pass." But other messengers are also addressed here: authors, composers and figures from literature (Wallace Stevens, John Ashbery, Bruno Schulz, Janusz Korczak, Schubert, the brothers Grimm). They are representatives of what Finkelstein ( The Utopian Moment in Contemporary American Poetry ) calls "the living structure of memory," the non-quotidian universe that doesn't fade or contract or tarnish. Much of the collection has been inspired by works of literature or art and this gives the poems a rich texture. Many of them are shaped in the irregular ode form, which is visually pleasing although at times it seems inappropriate and the words fall with a thud. In general the poems are intellectually provocative and the best ones, such as the opening verse, "A Poem for the Little Shoemakers," retain a sense of mystery.
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Book Description University of Georgia Press. Paperback. Book Condition: Good. Book shows minor use. Cover and Binding have minimal wear and the pages have only minimal creases. Bookseller Inventory # G0820313807I3N00
Book Description Univ of Georgia Pr, 1991. Paperback. Book Condition: Used: Good. Bookseller Inventory # SONG0820313807