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New California Poetry #6: The Guns and Flags Project

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Publisher Comments:

Obsessed with work and dream, shot through with weather and color, Geoffrey G. O'Brien's spirited debut pursues the possibility of the lyric itself--whether the voice raised "with melodies/and thinking" can be rescued from the ongoing disaster of progress. In roving five-beat lines the poems pass again and again through scenes of liminality--sunset and dawn, falling asleep and waking up, border crossings--searching there for a potential ethics and politics of vision, a mutating, rhythmic "project" to oppose the inert spectacle of guns and flags. Like Ashbery stoked on sonics, O'Brien insists that the restless, unsatisfied motion of thought must hold the place for an ever-decaying freedom within the state.

Yet it is not idea alone that flares "passionately in our lives," but the smell of rain, the behavior of clouds, repetitions of waves: these are the subjects of a meditative ecstasy that advances The Guns and Flags Project as an inheritor of the Stevensian tradition, charged with a sense that history's never-ending storm of restoration and ruin cannot be outmaneuvered but might be withstood, and even revised, by song.

Synopsis:

Part of the award-winning New California Poetry Series, The Guns and Flags Project is the first book by "up and coming" poet Geoffrey G. O'Brien.

About the Author

Geoffrey G. O'Brien's poetry has appeared in many journals, including American Letter and Commentary, The American Poetry Review, Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, Fence, The Iowa Review, and Volt.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

The Premiere of Reappearance

Second Shift

Absence of the Archbishop

Solubility

Isabels First House

Thoughts of a Judge

Eloign

Early Description

The Sentry-Box

Parts of a House

Tale with a Cascading Moral

Excelsior

Observations on the Florida Question

Reverent Estimations

Palinode

Two Philosophers

Plants Waving in Different Directions

. . . .

In the Idle Style

The Truth in Italy

Standing Before Paintings

Constantly So Near

An Unusual Optimism

Stanzas from Oliveiras Third Dream

Man Called Aerodynamics

Of a Pressing Nature

A Soldiers Uniform

The Guestbook

The White Mare Sodality

Notes from the Trial of K.

Vinteuils Little Phrase

Blue Rider School

The States Only Child

The States Only Child

Portrait of the X Family

Invention of Laughter

Second Summer

Omertà

Winter Rose

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520231450
Subtitle:
Poems
Author:
O'Brien, Geoffrey G.
Author:
Brien, Geoffrey G.
Author:
Geoffrey G. O
Author:
o
Author:
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Author:
Brien
Publisher:
University of California Press
Location:
Berkeley
Subject:
American
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
New California Poetry (Paperback)
Series Volume:
6
Publication Date:
20020222
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
85
Dimensions:
9 x 5.5 x 0.5 in 5 oz

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Fiction and Poetry » Poetry » A to Z

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