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Into It.

Joseph, Lawrence.

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ISBN 10: 0374175691 / ISBN 13: 9780374175696
Published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux, New York, 2005
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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67 pages. Hardcover with dustjacket. Very good condition. POETRY. Joseph's first three books dramatized the challenge of maintaining one's self in a world gripped by dehumanizing one's self in a world gripped by dehumanizing forces. This book, his fourth, finds him in a time and place where "the immense enlargement / of our perspectives is confronted / by a reduction in our powers of action" - where the word 'wargame' is a verb and 'the weight of violence / is unparalleled in the history / of the species.' Along the New York waterfront, on a crowded street, at the site where the World Trade Center stood: Joseph enters into these landscapes to capture the thoughts and images, the colors and feelings, and the language that give the present age its pressured complexity. (Key Words: Lawrence Joseph, Signed Books, Poetry, New York City, Manhattan). Bookseller Inventory # 63007X1

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Title: Into It.

Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, New York

Publication Date: 2005

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Inscribed

Edition: First Edition..

Book Type: book

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Strikingly contemporary new work by an acclaimed poet

Into It, Lawrence Joseph's fourth book of poems, is as bold a book as any in American poetry today-an attempt to give voice to the extremes of American reality in the time since, as Joseph puts it, "the game changed."

Joseph's first three books dramatized the challenge of maintaining one's self in a world in the hold of dehumanizing forces. The new book finds him in a time and place where "the immense enlargement / of our perspectives is confronted / by a reduction of our powers of action"-where the word "wargame" is a verb and "the weight of violence / is unparalleled in the history / of the species." Along the New York waterfront, on a crowded street, at the site where the World Trade Center stood: Joseph enters into these places to capture the thoughts and images, the colors and feelings, and the language that give the present its pressured complexity. Few contemporary writers have been able to shape this material into poetry, but Joseph has done so masterfully-in poems that are daring, searching, and classically satisfying.
Into It is a new work by a poet of great originality and scope.

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Lawrence Joseph's Codes, Precepts, Biases, and Taboos: Poems 1973-1993 will be published in paperback in September. He lives in downtown Manhattan and is a professor of law at St. John's University School of Law.

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