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Benka takes us on a re-imagining that cuts through the psychic landscape of America and explores the United States as a "a box of longing with fifty drawers." Like Whitman, Langston Hughes, and Allen Ginsberg before her, she expresses a profound regard for the possibility of America, while delineating the many ways in which America fails to deliver on its promise. She delves not so much into the growing cynicism of Americans as to the deep bewilderment and sadness of us. She asks the deepening question of what is happening to core values such as economic justice, civil rights, a humane foreign policy, freedom and a decent life for everyone — and below that, what is happening to the individual psyches within a nation that has lost faith in itself.

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A poetic exploration of the Preamble to the Constitution that consists of one poem (in sequence) for each of the 52 words that comprise it.

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A poetic deconstruction of America through one of its key documents — in the tradition of Walt Whitman, Langston Hughes, and Allen Ginsburg — this collection by noted poet-performer Jen Benka consists of one poem (in sequence) for each of the 52 words that comprise the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution. Her revision of America's secular prayer finds the unspoken hopes and frustrations of people marginalized from the political process. She expresses a profound regard for the possibility of America, while delineating the many ways in which America fails to deliver on its promise — and below that, what is happening to the individual psyches within a nation that has lost faith in itself.

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ISBN:
9781932360844
Author:
Benka, Jen
Publisher:
Soft Skull Press
Author:
Benka
Subject:
General
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Civil Rights
Subject:
Human Rights
Subject:
Poetry, American
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
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Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20050831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
68
Dimensions:
7.5 x 5.5 in 2.5 oz

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A poetic deconstruction of America through one of its key documents — in the tradition of Walt Whitman, Langston Hughes, and Allen Ginsburg — this collection by noted poet-performer Jen Benka consists of one poem (in sequence) for each of the 52 words that comprise the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution. Her revision of America's secular prayer finds the unspoken hopes and frustrations of people marginalized from the political process. She expresses a profound regard for the possibility of America, while delineating the many ways in which America fails to deliver on its promise — and below that, what is happening to the individual psyches within a nation that has lost faith in itself.
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