Republic Sublime (Kenyon Review Prize in Poetr)

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With easy brilliance and a touch of the pastoral, Christopher Cessac subverts "the world we know we know" in his debut collection, "Republic Sublime". Cessac displays a profound knowledge of his subjects, captivating the reader with rivers, colors, and epistolary verse. Collusive and well-organized, "Republic Sublime" is a faithful celebration of a transcendent democracy and a world that defies our comprehension of it. "Squirreled away among the relics - splinters; of the cross, dust-dry shards of Christ's blood, profane; unpublishable love letters anonymous; To Hopkins (all things counter, original, Spare, strange) - head shaved, hairshirt, calluses; on our knees, Ardenne hills lit autumn orange ..." - From "Monitory Letter to Thomas Merton from Belgica". Christopher Cessac earned a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School and an M.A. in the Writing Seminars from Johns Hopkins University. He lives in Marfa, Texas. His poems have appeared in "The Antioch Review", "Black Warrior Review", "Cimarron Review", "Cream City Review", "Epoch", "Mid-American Review", "Salt Hill", "Sycamore Review", and elsewhere.

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Republic Sublime "stretches like a great Benton-like mural, 'bare-chested, muscles flexed,' where the 'Gospel according to John O'Sullivan,' heavy-metal music, and the maxims of Emerson all seek to address Cessac's eventual question: 'How to explain America?' It's a literate, allusive collection that accumulates into a cultural history of poetry and conscience, indeed a republic of letters. These are tight, often syllabic, intense documents that mean to trace the evolution of art, of passion, of meaning itself . . . Republic Sublime conveys real authority without straining; it wields sharp wit without being snide; it is sincere without the smear of self-indulgence." - David Baker

"Christopher Cessac writes: 'each morning begins both a pilgrimage / to reason and a revolution against reason.' He also writes: 'And what reason, reason /enough? Because the evening's warm, because / the evening's cool. Because the evening is.' The intense but playful intellectuality of Cessac's powerful Republic Sublime always challenges itself, always acknowledges the limits as well as the merits of its thought. It's as ambitious and rewarding a first book as I've read in years. Why read Republic Sublime? Because, as Cessac says, 'Wisdom tastes good.'" - Andrew Hudgins

"This is smart work, sometimes deeply funny, sometimes stingingly sad and always hawkishly observant. Sometimes it is all three at once. . . . The looping interaction between history and literature, myth and fact, rebellion and love is what makes poetry blaze and rattle. And in that sense, Republic Sublime takes it proper and appropriate place within the poetic literary tradition." - The Big Bend Sentinel

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Christopher Cessac lives in Marfa, Texas. After degrees in history and English from Texas A&M and in law from The University of Michigan Law School, he received an M.A. from The Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University. He's been a Tennessee Williams Scholar at the Sewanee Writers' Conference, and his poems have appeared in The Antioch Review, Black Warrior Review, Cimarron Review, Cream City Review, Epoch, Mid-American Review, Salt Hill, Sycamore Review, and elsewhere.

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