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Angel in Flames: Selected Poems & Translations, 1967-2011

Scully, James

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ISBN 10: 0956417582 / ISBN 13: 9780956417589
Published by Smokestack Books, U.K., 2011
Used Condition: Very Good Soft cover
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Title: Angel in Flames: Selected Poems & ...

Publisher: Smokestack Books, U.K.

Publication Date: 2011

Binding: Trade Paperback

Book Condition:Very Good

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There are two angels in this book. One is Walter Benjamin's Angel of History, blown by the storm of progress into a catastrophic future. The other is an unemployed and illiterate Puerto Rican man. Both angels are blown backwards into a future they cannot face. Angel in Flames brings together, for the first time, the best of James Scully's poetry from the 1960s - when it was claimed that Vietnamese villages had to be destroyed to be saved - to the 21st century ber-state terror wars fought not on battlefields but against civilian populations. Scully's poetry addresses head-on the intellectual and cultural degradation of an imperial order whose ambition appears to be to reduce the globe to a shrunken head on a stick. 'James Scully's essays, like his poems, refuse to soothe or simplify, to shortchange either poetry or the imperative for social transformation. They are continuously interesting because they take on poetry - and values - from so many angles, are written from a generous frame of reference and in a human voice.'-Adrienne Rich 'Thank Things that somebody is paying attention to what a hell our world is becoming - and, above all, that we're letting the bastards get away with it. It's great to find somebody who's awake and alive. And also find a book of poems that I really want to read.' -W.D. Snodgrass

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