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Gravesend, which takes its name from the English town at the mouth of the Thames, revisits the genre of the ghost story and, through fragmentation, juxtaposition, and allusion, powerfully summons the uncanny, the spectral presence. Cole Swensen delves into ancient fables, the Bible, medieval records, Victorian ghost stories, contemporary interviews, and more to explore the effects of the ghostly on our daily lives, at times returning to the notion of "gravesend," implicitly asking if all ends in the grave or if death itself has an end. Swensen's focus on language shapes these visitations--glimpses of the supernatural or intuitions of the afterlife in all its mystery--allowing readers to ponder such eternal questions further or simply to experience the frisson that accompanies the perception of a ghost or the reading of a poem.

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“Ghosts appear in place of whatever a given people will not face” (p. 65)

The poems in Gravesend explore ghosts as instances of collective grief and guilt, as cultural constructs evolved to elide or to absorb a given societys actions, as well as, at times, to fill the gaps between such actions and the desires and intentions of its individual citizens. Tracing the changing nature of the ghostly in the western world from antiquity to today, the collection focuses particularly on the ghosts created by the European expansion of the 16th through 20th centuries, using the town of Gravesend, the seaport at the mouth of the Thames through which countless emigrants passed, as an emblem of theambiguous threshold between one life and another, in all the many meanings of that phrase.

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“The act of seeing, and seeing as a kind of consciousness, is where Swensens true project lies. For unlike many poets before her who have practiced the art of ekphrasis by describing or illuminating the visual, Swensen is interested in the representation of representation…. Above all, she is interested in the process and procedures of perception.”—Boston Review

“Swensen draws relationships between disparate elements across time, space and discipline with a magician's touch. Her work continues to meditate on the act, and art, of seeing and saying.”—Publishers Weekly

“One of the most assured voices in contemporary poetry.”—Library Journal

About the Author

Cole Swensen is the author of twelve previous books of poetry, including the acclaimed Ours (UC Press). She is also coeditor of American Hybrid: A Norton Anthology of New Poetry and teaches in the Literary Arts Program at Brown University.

Table of Contents

One: Have you ever seen a ghost?

Echo Body

If

Sometimes the Ghost

Etymology

A Ghost

He Who Was

Varieties of Ghost

Ajar

The Ghost Is in Itself

The End of Antiquity

According to Scripture

More Miracula

Going Home

The Hellequins Hunt

Who Only Living

The Gesta

The Ghost Story

History

What Ghosts

Interview Series 1

Walking Through

A Face

Toward the End

The Beginnings of the Modern Era

Fairy Tale

Two: How did Gravesend get its name?

Ghost Stories

A Good Friend

Miss Jéromette and the Clergyman

Some Paintings of Ghosts

Some Ghosts in Paintings

Gravesend

Gravesend

Gravesend

Interview Series 2

Pocahontas (1595, Powhatan Confederacy—1616, Gravesend, England)

The Ghost Dance

The Name

Engraved

Kent

Three: What do you think a ghost is?

Cicatrice

Ghosts in the Sun

Whole Ghost

Traveling Ghost

Crowds

And Are Ghosts

Interview Series 3

Old Wives Tales

Freud Claims

Some Chinese Ghosts

Across

Ghosts

Who Did

After This Death There Will Be No Other

Haint Blue

One No

How a Ghost Might Age

Who Walked

The Ghost Orchid

Acknowledgments

Notes

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520273177
Author:
Swensen, Cole
Publisher:
University of California Press
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Subject:
General Poetry
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
New California Poetry
Series Volume:
36
Publication Date:
20120731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
96
Dimensions:
8.25 x 6.25 in

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"Synopsis" by ,
“Ghosts appear in place of whatever a given people will not face” (p. 65)

The poems in Gravesend explore ghosts as instances of collective grief and guilt, as cultural constructs evolved to elide or to absorb a given societys actions, as well as, at times, to fill the gaps between such actions and the desires and intentions of its individual citizens. Tracing the changing nature of the ghostly in the western world from antiquity to today, the collection focuses particularly on the ghosts created by the European expansion of the 16th through 20th centuries, using the town of Gravesend, the seaport at the mouth of the Thames through which countless emigrants passed, as an emblem of theambiguous threshold between one life and another, in all the many meanings of that phrase.

"Synopsis" by ,
“The act of seeing, and seeing as a kind of consciousness, is where Swensens true project lies. For unlike many poets before her who have practiced the art of ekphrasis by describing or illuminating the visual, Swensen is interested in the representation of representation…. Above all, she is interested in the process and procedures of perception.”—Boston Review

“Swensen draws relationships between disparate elements across time, space and discipline with a magician's touch. Her work continues to meditate on the act, and art, of seeing and saying.”—Publishers Weekly

“One of the most assured voices in contemporary poetry.”—Library Journal

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