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Speculative music : poems

Author: Jeffrey Andrew Dolven
Publisher: Louisville, Kentucky : Sarabande Books, [2013] ©2013
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Jeff Dolven?s poems take the guise of fables, parables, allegories, jokes, riddles, and other familiar forms. So, there is an initial comfort: I remember this, the reader thinks, from the stories of childhood ... But wait, something is off. In each poem, an uncanny conceit surprises the form, a highway paved with highwaymen, a school for shame, a family of chairs. Dolven makes these strange wagers with the grace and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Poetry
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jeffrey Andrew Dolven
ISBN: 9781936747580 1936747588
OCLC Number: 812258745
Description: 65 pages : portrait ; 23 cm
Contents: How do you do --
Folding star --
Frigidaire --
The whale-road --
This is a city of bridges --
A brief life of hermogenes --
Morning Czar and evening Tsar --
Cataloupe --
You've been dry --
Faith and hope --
Rituals --
Horse lessons --
My puppets --
Peach bone --
The labor theory of value --
Shame school --
The force of precedent --
Quarter --
How the fire feels --
Alcibiades' walz --
The dressing room --
Strawberries and cream --
After work --
Relax, relax --
Sometimes I smile --
The invention --
Splinter --
Hummingbird --
Here's the thing --
Humilitas --
I taught myself --
Appendix --
Exile --
Blazon --
Dichten = Condensare --
Someone left the bed ajar --
It's raining --
Symmetry --
Snow Apple.
Other Titles: Poems.
Responsibility: Jeff Dolven.

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Jeff Dolven?s poems take the guise of fables, parables, allegories, jokes, riddles, and other familiar forms. So, there is an initial comfort: I remember this, the reader thinks, from the stories of childhood ... But wait, something is off. In each poem, an uncanny conceit surprises the form, a highway paved with highwaymen, a school for shame, a family of chairs. Dolven makes these strange wagers with the grace and edgy precision of a metaphysical poet, and there are moments when we might imagine ourselves to be somewhere in the company of Donne or Spenser. Then we encounter?The Invention: A Libretto for Speculative Music,? which is, well?surreal, and features a decisively modern, entirely notional score, sung by an inventor and his invention, which (who?) turns out to be a 40s-type piano-perched chanteuse who (which?) somehow knows all the words to the song you never knew you had in you. The daring of this collection is not in replaying the fractured polyphony of our moment. Speculative Music gives us accessible lyrics that still manage to listen in on our echoing interiors. These are poems that promise Frost?s?momentary stay against confusion? and, at the same time, provoke a deep, head-shaking wonder.

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