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Wideawake Field: Poems

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The chairs have come in
and the crisp yellow thwock
of the ball being hit
says somehow, now that its fall,
Im a memory of myself.
My whole old life—
I mourn you sometimes
in places you would have been.
                                     October
 
The poems in this fierce debut are an attempt to record what matters. As a reporters dispatches, they concern themselves with different forms of desolation: what it means to feel at home in wrecked places and then to experience loneliness and dislocation in the familiar. The collection arcs between internal and external worlds—the disappointment of returning, the guilt and thrill of departure, unexpected encounters in blighted places— and, with ruthless observations etched in the sparest lines, the poems in Wideawake Field sharply and movingly navigate the poles of home and away.
Eliza Griswold is the recipient of the first Robert I. Friedman Prize in Investigative Journalism and is a Nieman Fellow in Journalism at Harvard University, where she is at work on a nonfiction book, The Tenth Parallel, also to be published by FSG.
The chairs have come in
and the crisp yellow thwock
of the ball being hit
says somehow, now that its fall,
Im a memory of myself.
My whole old life—
I mourn you sometimes
in places you would have been.
                                     October
 
The poems in this fierce debut are an attempt to record what matters. As a reporters dispatches, they concern themselves with different forms of desolation: what it means to feel at home in wrecked places and then to experience loneliness and dislocation in the familiar. The collection arcs between internal and external worlds—the disappointment of returning, the guilt and thrill of departure, unexpected encounters in blighted places—and, with ruthless observations etched in the sparest lines, the poems in Wideawake Field sharply and movingly navigate the poles of home and away.
“A freelance reporter, she has been conducting research throughout Asia for several months; now she was working on an article for Harpers Magazine about prisoners experiences in U.S. detention centers. As the car rolled along, Griswold pullout her notebook. ‘The quince-colored smear / of first light, she wrote, ‘the dove of mud and rubble, / the scrap of frock, torn / in mourning and tied to a grace, / will blow away. / What would feed your eye? This is how Griswold usually composes her poems . . . The poems in Wideawake Field reflect Griswolds ambitious roaming. They take place in Afghanistan and Columbia, in various American cities, in unnamed places, and in places, like Nepalgunj, that youve probably never heard of. Their language is stark and straightforward . . . Inevitably, many of the poems describe desolate or tense scenes, brief moments that seem from an outsiders perspective to be emblematic of struggle in far-off places. In that sense, Griswolds poetry performs a service as vital as her journalism—it brings the reader up close to realities he might otherwise never confront.”—Amy Rosenberg, Poets & Writers 
 
“Eliza Griswolds debut collection of poetry, Wideawake Field, radiates through a journalistic eye. Perhaps this is too easy a comment given the authors background in reporting, but its hard to avoid. The short, unornamented lines, terse titles, and quick but conversational rhymes move like field notes, like a dairy kept under fear of forgetting the essentials. Griswolds verse is starkly observational, yet humanly committed. Its impetus might be empirically minded reporting, but these poems allow, via graceful metaphor and astute reflection, the presence of person inside their descriptions of war, isolation, alienation, and family.”—Thea Brown, The L Magazine
 
“Eliza Griswolds brief poems excel in that most difficult work of the writer—not to speak to excess and yet not to say a small thing. Her poems, which treat of both personal intimacy and of the anguish so present now in our trouble-laden world are, at the same time, concise, resonant, empathetic, angry, and luminous.”—Mary Oliver
 
“Some of the strengths of Eliza Griswolds first book are immediately apparent. They include an assured authority of tone, language of repeatedly astonishing transparency, images that emerge out of each poems invisible source, vivid and revelatory even when they appear to overlap like double exposures. Her subjects are raw, wrenching, and she makes them ours. This is writing of true originality, that seems to have started out knowing where it was going.”—W.S. Merwin
 
“Eliza Griswold's Wideawake Field is a book of compelling authority by a young poet who already understands, and stands ready to renew, poetry's most ancient tasks—to bring the news, to sing the human in the midst of its destruction, to register truths, to open our eyes.  The broken world is one world in her poems.  She draws tenderness from brutality, an idyll from a panic, and lyric not from interlude, but everywhere.”—Susan Stewart

Synopsis:

The chairs have come in
and the crisp yellow thwock
of the ball being hit
says somehow, now that it's fall,
I'm a memory of myself.
My whole old life--
I mourn you sometimes
in places you would have been.
                                     --October
 
The poems in this fierce debut are an attempt to record what matters. As a reporter's dispatches, they concern themselves with different forms of desolation: what it means to feel at home in wrecked places and then to experience loneliness and dislocation in the familiar. The collection arcs between internal and external worlds--the disappointment of returning, the guilt and thrill of departure, unexpected encounters in blighted places-- and, with ruthless observations etched in the sparest lines, the poems in Wideawake Field sharply and movingly navigate the poles of home and away.

About the Author

Eliza Griswold is the recipient of the first Robert I. Friedman Prize in Investigative Journalism and is a Nieman Fellow in Journalism at Harvard University, where she is at work on a nonfiction book, The Tenth Parallel, also to be published by FSG.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780374299309
Subtitle:
Poems
Author:
Griswold, Eliza
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Subject:
General
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
Single Author / American
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20080429
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
88
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.50 in

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The chairs have come in
and the crisp yellow thwock
of the ball being hit
says somehow, now that it's fall,
I'm a memory of myself.
My whole old life--
I mourn you sometimes
in places you would have been.
                                     --October
 
The poems in this fierce debut are an attempt to record what matters. As a reporter's dispatches, they concern themselves with different forms of desolation: what it means to feel at home in wrecked places and then to experience loneliness and dislocation in the familiar. The collection arcs between internal and external worlds--the disappointment of returning, the guilt and thrill of departure, unexpected encounters in blighted places-- and, with ruthless observations etched in the sparest lines, the poems in Wideawake Field sharply and movingly navigate the poles of home and away.
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