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The Case Against Happiness

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Publisher Comments:

Whether they're about watching teens practice cheerleading in a surveillance video or discussing death with a shoe salesclerk, these poems ultimately find a certain joy and redemptive love. Wit and wry observation mark these disjointed narratives from an agile new voice.

 

"Enthusiasms are to Researches as Day is to the Sublime"

 

because they impose upon the desertscape

an anti-honorific qua transitory hue

 

because the stars are filled with entertainment news

 

because throughout the news the people flow

 

past the garden and alarm factories

 

past the sparrows and Sibeliuses

the motorcycles knife fighting in the yard

 

past the tree cosseted with mockingbird charms

 

because the tree in question is the tree of life

 

because the tree in question has grown out its hair

the scent of orange blossom is everywhere

 

 

Jean-Paul Pecqueuris a graduate of the Universityof Washington's creative writing program, where he won the Academyof American Poets Harold Taylor Prize. His poems and critical reviews have appeared in such journals as American Letters & CommentaryandRain Taxi.He teaches literary and critical studies at the Pratt Institute and English at the City University of New York.

Review:

"The poems in Pecqueur's debut are sweet, sometimes surreal and often mired in pop culture. Phrases much overused in the contemporary American lexicon — 'so sue me,' 'chill pill,' 'been there, done that' — all appear in a kind of postironic bid for the importance of the commonplace. Pecqueur finds inspiration at the barbershop and the shoe store, where a salesclerk 'tells me, as he's lacing a pair/ of coffee-with-cream oxfords,/ that the song playing on the radio,/ a muzaked version of The Way/ We Were, has always reminded him/ of how everyone must die.' This sort of smalltime philosophizing and romanticizing the minutiae of life can prove dull after a while, but the poet shows a knack for simile and a deep dedication to craft, as when a man's shirt beautifully becomes 'the one whose mother-of-pearl buttons stand out from the turquoise/ rayon like a hermit thrush in a clearing.' There are enough beautiful passages, and enough wry and surprising moments, to qualify this as a worthwhile read by a promising poet with a generosity of spirit and the knowledge that 'joy is not impossible.'" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

In this wide-ranging debut, likeable characters in postmodern America argue a case against happiness.

Synopsis:

Whether watching teens practice cheerleading in a surveillance video or discussing death with a shoe salesclerk, these poems ultimately find a certain joy and redemptive love. Wit and wry observation mark these disjointed narratives from an agile new voice.

Synopsis:

Poetry. Whether watching teens practice cheerleading in a surveillance video or discussing death with a shoe salesclerk, these poems ultimately find a certain joy and redemptive love. Wit and wry observation mark these disjointed narratives from an agile new voice. "Jean-Paul Pecqueur is a poet who has, in truth, in actual landscapes and stunningly immediate circumstances, wrestled with an angel. And the fact that his very particular, very contemporary angel wears the shape of a bird's last breath and the elusive substance of human justice troubles and delights me. These are poems of harrowing moment"--Donald Revell. Jean-Paul Pecqueur is a graduate of the University of Washington's creative-writing program, where he won the Academy of American Poets Harold Taylor Prize. His poems and critical reviews have appeared in such journals as American Letters and Commentary and Rain Taxi. He teaches literary and critical studies at the Pratt Institute and English at the City University of New York.

About the Author

Pecqueur is a graduate of the University of Washington's creative writing program where he won the Academy of American Poets Harold Taylor Prize. His poems and critical reviews have appeared in such journals as American Letters and Commentary and Rain Taxi. He teaches Literary and Critical Studies at the Pratt Institute, and English at the City University of New York.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781882295593
Author:
Pecqueur, Jean Paul
Publisher:
Alice James Books
Author:
Pecqueur, Jean-Paul
Author:
Pecqueur, Jean-Paul
Subject:
General
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Subject:
Single Author / American
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20061131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
64
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 x 0.3 in 4.5 oz

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The poems in Pecqueur's debut are sweet, sometimes surreal and often mired in pop culture. Phrases much overused in the contemporary American lexicon — 'so sue me,' 'chill pill,' 'been there, done that' — all appear in a kind of postironic bid for the importance of the commonplace. Pecqueur finds inspiration at the barbershop and the shoe store, where a salesclerk 'tells me, as he's lacing a pair/ of coffee-with-cream oxfords,/ that the song playing on the radio,/ a muzaked version of The Way/ We Were, has always reminded him/ of how everyone must die.' This sort of smalltime philosophizing and romanticizing the minutiae of life can prove dull after a while, but the poet shows a knack for simile and a deep dedication to craft, as when a man's shirt beautifully becomes 'the one whose mother-of-pearl buttons stand out from the turquoise/ rayon like a hermit thrush in a clearing.' There are enough beautiful passages, and enough wry and surprising moments, to qualify this as a worthwhile read by a promising poet with a generosity of spirit and the knowledge that 'joy is not impossible.'" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by ,
In this wide-ranging debut, likeable characters in postmodern America argue a case against happiness.
"Synopsis" by ,

Whether watching teens practice cheerleading in a surveillance video or discussing death with a shoe salesclerk, these poems ultimately find a certain joy and redemptive love. Wit and wry observation mark these disjointed narratives from an agile new voice.

"Synopsis" by , Poetry. Whether watching teens practice cheerleading in a surveillance video or discussing death with a shoe salesclerk, these poems ultimately find a certain joy and redemptive love. Wit and wry observation mark these disjointed narratives from an agile new voice. "Jean-Paul Pecqueur is a poet who has, in truth, in actual landscapes and stunningly immediate circumstances, wrestled with an angel. And the fact that his very particular, very contemporary angel wears the shape of a bird's last breath and the elusive substance of human justice troubles and delights me. These are poems of harrowing moment"--Donald Revell. Jean-Paul Pecqueur is a graduate of the University of Washington's creative-writing program, where he won the Academy of American Poets Harold Taylor Prize. His poems and critical reviews have appeared in such journals as American Letters and Commentary and Rain Taxi. He teaches literary and critical studies at the Pratt Institute and English at the City University of New York.
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