The Loving Detail of the Living & the Dead

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"Unforgettable." Michael Ondaatje


These rhythmic poems negotiate the collisions between past, present, and future and outline a universal mythology of the self. Exploring the overlapping arrangements of time and memory, life and death, Sikelianos skillfully draws lines from everyday minutiae towards an interior world where we are carrying our own living ghost inside.”

"Comes to me"

the future comes to me
with a horrifying screech
then it comes to me softly
like a weeping cloud
and it comes to me like
a fish, glass-eyed, flopping
and it comes to erotically
meanly& sharp
it comes to me cashed out rolling
electronically

in my future life I was
a cowboy, killed
in a bar fight

a flamingo in snow

Eleni Sikelianos is the author of six books of poetry, including The California Poem, a Barnes & Noble Best Book of the Year. She directs the University of Denver's Creative Writing program.


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Eleni Sikelianos is the author of six books of poetry, most recently Body Clock and The California Poem, which was a Barnes & Noble Best of the Year, as well as a hybrid memoir, The Book of Jon. Sikelianos teaches in and directs the Creative Writing Program at the University of Denver. A California native, longtime New Yorker, and world traveler, she now lives in Boulder with her husband, the novelist Laird Hunt, and their daughter, Eva Grace.

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Library Journal Best Books 2013: Poetry

Volta Best Books of 2013


Electric as a lightning storm, wild as a first-growth forest, protean as fantasy’s shape-shifters that’s Sikelianos’s poetry, a real pleasure to read.” Library Journal

Sikelianos’s poems collect the world and then disassemble it. They prove her to be one of our most free-thinking and innovative poets, whose evolving work continually challenges the boundaries of her art while retaining an essential lyricism.” Boston Review

These poems are invitations are from the eternal beyond calling forth our response.” Galatea Resurrects

Eleni’s language body-language, breath, and babies’ many minds behind a poem that won’t let you go til it’s done with you, its sinuous whipping lines.” Gary Snyder

Sikelianos, the great-granddaughter of a renowned Greek poet, continues her own explorations of the epic with this dazzling new macro-collage. The resulting lucid cacophony is close to what she described in her earlier work , enough pipe-dreams to fill up several countries, countries full of pipe-dreamers.’ Hers is a voice, or voices, unlike anything in contemporary poetry.” John Ashbery

Sikleanos’ gift has always been for place and the particular. In her extraordinary new collection she conjures a sympathetic magic for the quick and the dead. This mid-territory where language and disappearance are forever turning and returning is explored and surveyed in loving detail. These poems offer consolation for our American predicament here and now where the body picks up its shadow like a baby and carries it home.’” Susan Howe

I turn to Eleni Sikelianos’ poems when the drastic gracelessness of capital has me in gridlock. And I do find grace here, along with a tender ear for the lush equivocation of all the naming we do. The feeling is sanguine and open. All of language’s fragility is permitted. Why grace? It’s the ethics of the recognition of an other. Why equivocation? It’s the lived rhetoric of compassion. Around these charged and vital foci, each poem swings in elliptic wilderness. For Sikelianos, the poem’s time is motion, vibrating and trans-corporeal.” Lisa Robertson

[Sikelianos's poems] seem nearly athletic, tumbling and cutting off lines briskly, disappearing into openness. There’s a lightness, a directness, and an electric urgency. A vividness is in them. Departures, too. Unravelings. Incompleteness. But never the feeling that anything needs to be complete.” Mobile Reviews

The poems present messages that need to be shared and that the reader is drawn to try to understand yet the narratives are not spoonfed . . . I highly recommend Eleni Sikelianos’ The Loving Detail of the Living & the Dead.” Sit With Moi!

These poems capture the urgency of our decline even as they bear witness to the eternal truths that allow us to bounce back and regenerate, to write and to sing.” The Journal

Come, let us speak of shadows. The Loving Detail is full of them. . . indeed, much of The Loving Detail is about observing the things that shadows get up to when they take it in mind to walk abroad in the ordinary evenings.” Oona Verse

The Loving Detail of the Living & the Dead reads a collection of poems that are exactly what the title tells us: poems exploring the way that we live in the world, as well as touching upon large abstract concepts of death, the heart and the soul, and how we remember those and what has long passed by. This book has a very large heart, and one that contains multitudes.” Rob Mclennan

"The Loving Detail of the Living & the Dead is a stunning sketch on what it means to be human and carry our humanity around inside ourselves through the ages." Drunken Boat

Library Journal Best Books 2013: Poetry

Volta Best Books of 2013


“Electric as a lightning storm, wild as a first-growth forest, protean as fantasy’s shape-shifters―that’s Sikelianos’s poetry, a real pleasure to read.” ―Library Journal

“Sikelianos’s poems collect the world and then disassemble it. They prove her to be one of our most free-thinking and innovative poets, whose evolving work continually challenges the boundaries of her art while retaining an essential lyricism.” ―Boston Review

“These poems are invitations are from the eternal beyond calling forth our response.” ―Galatea Resurrects

“Eleni’s language―body-language, breath, and babies’ many minds behind―a poem that won’t let you go til it’s done with you, its sinuous whipping lines.” ―Gary Snyder

“Sikelianos, the great-granddaughter of a renowned Greek poet, continues her own explorations of the epic with this dazzling new macro-collage. The resulting lucid cacophony is close to what she described in her earlier work , ‘enough pipe-dreams to fill up several countries, countries full of pipe-dreamers.’ Hers is a voice, or voices, unlike anything in contemporary poetry.” ―John Ashbery

“Sikleanos’ gift has always been for place and the particular. In her extraordinary new collection she conjures a sympathetic magic for the quick and the dead. This mid-territory where language and disappearance are forever turning and returning is explored and surveyed in loving detail. These poems offer consolation for our American predicament here and now where ‘the body picks up its shadow like a baby and carries it home.’” ―Susan Howe

“I turn to Eleni Sikelianos’ poems when the drastic gracelessness of capital has me in gridlock. And I do find grace here, along with a tender ear for the lush equivocation of all the naming we do. The feeling is sanguine and open. All of language’s fragility is permitted. Why grace? It’s the ethics of the recognition of an other. Why equivocation? It’s the lived rhetoric of compassion. Around these charged and vital foci, each poem swings in elliptic wilderness. For Sikelianos, the poem’s time is motion, vibrating and trans-corporeal.” ―Lisa Robertson

“[Sikelianos's poems] seem nearly athletic, tumbling and cutting off lines briskly, disappearing into openness. There’s a lightness, a directness, and an electric urgency. A vividness is in them. Departures, too. Unravelings. Incompleteness. But never the feeling that anything needs to be complete.” ―Mobile Reviews

“The poems present messages that need to be shared–and that the reader is drawn to try to understand–yet the narratives are not spoonfed . . . I highly recommend Eleni Sikelianos’ The Loving Detail of the Living & the Dead.” ―Sit With Moi!

“These poems capture the urgency of our decline even as they bear witness to the eternal truths that allow us to bounce back and regenerate, to write and to sing.” ―The Journal

“Come, let us speak of shadows. The Loving Detail is full of them. . . indeed, much of The Loving Detail is about observing the things that shadows get up to when they take it in mind to walk abroad in the ordinary evenings.” ―Oona Verse

“The Loving Detail of the Living & the Dead reads a collection of poems that are exactly what the title tells us: poems exploring the way that we live in the world, as well as touching upon large abstract concepts of death, the heart and the soul, and how we remember those and what has long passed by. This book has a very large heart, and one that contains multitudes.” ―Rob Mclennan

"The Loving Detail of the Living & the Dead is a stunning sketch on what it means to be human and carry our humanity around inside ourselves through the ages." ―Drunken Boat

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