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The Sri Lankan Loxodrome (New Directions Paperbook)

Will Alexander

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ISBN 10: 0811218295 / ISBN 13: 9780811218290
Published by New Directions, 2009
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Title: The Sri Lankan Loxodrome (New Directions ...

Publisher: New Directions

Publication Date: 2009

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:New

Edition: 1st.

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A mesmerizing poetry collection by “an ecstatic surrealist on imaginal hyperdrive” (Eliot Weinberger).

the maps one comes to know
are but boulders which are shattered by spoilage
                              ―Will Alexander

In navigation a loxodrome, or rhumb-line, is a line that crosses all meridians at the same angle, maintaining one compass direction, a path of constant bearing. In his breakthrough poetry collection, The Sri Lankan Loxodrome, Will Alexander connects this theme to a lone Sri Lankan sailor who beheads sea snakes as an ongoing meditation while sailing the expanse of the Indian Ocean. Along the way he meets various African communities as he journeys eastward, from Madagascar to Sri Lanka. In lush, perfumed language filled with the spirit of Aimé Césaire and Sun Ra, Alexander maps an epic voyage unlike any other in contemporary poetry.

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A poet, aphorist, playwright, essayist, philosopher, visual artist, and pianist WILL ALEXANDER is a native of Los Angeles. The author of nearly thirty books, his honors include a Whiting Fellowship for Poetry, a California Arts Council Fellowship, the PEN/Oakland Josephine Miles Award, a Before Columbus Foundation American Book Award, and the 2016 Jackson Poetry Prize. He is currently the poet-in-residence at Beyond Baroque in Venice, California.

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