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The breathing place

Author: Calvin Bedient
Publisher: Oakland, California : Omnidawn Publishing, 2020.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Poetry : English
Summary:
"The "breathing place" - individual, bespoken - is where the world enters uninvited, where "fair is only an experiment," where poetry's resistance has "slackened, gray, with some rain," where "the garden is a gulf in the intercom, where "today's word from Delphi / is delphinium, expensive / blue word, dust payment due tomorrow," where "seven of my sweet loves drove off of cliffs . . ." - in short, a place of jolts  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Poetry
poetry
Poésie
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Calvin Bedient
ISBN: 9781632430823 1632430827
OCLC Number: 1145076544
Description: 91 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: 1. Limits of the containing air --
2. The era --
3. Green water.
Responsibility: Cal Bedient.

Abstract:

"The "breathing place" - individual, bespoken - is where the world enters uninvited, where "fair is only an experiment," where poetry's resistance has "slackened, gray, with some rain," where "the garden is a gulf in the intercom, where "today's word from Delphi / is delphinium, expensive / blue word, dust payment due tomorrow," where "seven of my sweet loves drove off of cliffs . . ." - in short, a place of jolts and wrongs, if also of opportunities: "Engage / Lower your oars for the recommencing." It is met here by a style of nervous immediacy, a style built for alertness, not comfort, ready to shove the English language around Americanly, as Gertrude Stein encouraged and Dickinson mastered, and, further, to break out of reality, that already known"--

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"[W]holly accessible and bracing." * Library Journal * "'What is a song without excess?' Bedient asks in his latest book of odd odes, eddying odysseys, antsy still lifes, and abstract memos on Read more...

 
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