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These beautiful limits

Author: Thomas D Lisk
Publisher: West Lafayette, Ind. : Parlor Press, ©2006.
Series: Free verse editions.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The poems in These Beautiful Limits delight in the transparency-and the obliquity-of language. Invested with a "jocoserious" sensibility, they explore the borders of language to see the ways in which language defines identity-not merely the language of meditation and philosophical inquiry, but also the quotidian language of everyday life that hovers on the edge of forgetfulness. The collection, which culminates in a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Lisk, Thomas D. (Thomas David).
These beautiful limits.
West Lafayette, Ind. : Parlor Press, ©2006
(DLC) 2006031315
(OCoLC)71507928
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas D Lisk
ISBN: 1281079847 9781281079848 9781932559989 1932559981
OCLC Number: 667096249
Description: 1 online resource (ix, 93 pages).
Series Title: Free verse editions.
Responsibility: Thomas David Lisk.

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The poems in These Beautiful Limits delight in the transparency-and the obliquity-of language. Invested with a "jocoserious" sensibility, they explore the borders of language to see the ways in which language defines identity-not merely the language of meditation and philosophical inquiry, but also the quotidian language of everyday life that hovers on the edge of forgetfulness. The collection, which culminates in a long poem, "Hemp Quoits," takes as its premise the assumption that the borders of identity are permeable with all the languages the self encounters on a daily basis. The poems value mobility and freedom, yet they recognize that we transact our affairs within borders-the body, the mind, the poem, the sentence, the phrase, the word-and that voyages of being are inevitably processes of discovery: "As long as what you write is in your hand/and my name is nowhere affixed, / any connection will be conjectural. . . ." Lisk's collection finds an aesthetics that comes with this risk-taking with language, one that is affiliated with some of the experimental traditions of twentieth-century American poetry, but not simply reducible to them. Rather than talking about the world, These Beautiful Limits listens to it, and discovers in that attentiveness paradoxes of time, history and desire that are both comical and elegiac.

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