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Publisher Comments:

"'Sifting subtext,' Brian Blanchfield infuses measure with feral ways, blandishments with subtle bafflement. Not since Ashbery's early poetry has so much eloquence shown so little pity ('We have our no, libido, go'). Blanchfield speeds up his vision to catch the flickers in what others tend to see as a continuum—the void-gaps of difference in likeness, the exclusive 'invitational' in the "open." Magnificently unappeased ('Not in thirteen / new ways to play can the one that's wild be reconciled'), Not Even Then makes urbanity and originality go round and round together in one astonishing poem after another.—Calvin Bedient

"The infinite prospect of cityscape and water route surrounds us in these poems where 'sight is what we are within.' Blanchfield's vigorous language, his kinetic syntax and his captivating gift for assembling a new world out of surprising images make Not Even Then one of the lustiest, most electric reads since Hart Crane's White Buildings. In his own words, 'here is a craft. The kind to ride.' A most enjoyable ride indeed."—D. A. Powell

"Lively, intelligent questions of scale and position—of where (and who) the self is vis-a-vis truth—animate the unsteady subjectivity of Brian Blanchfields first collection. In gorgeous poems whose slanted insights seem earned and unarguable, 'meanings warning' is delivered just in time. 'We said beauty should have to do with us,' writes Blanchfield: his poems are admirably real and extraordinarily rewarding encounters."—Laura Mullen

"Here—from a poet whose language is generous beyond its own constraint—is the welcome news that poetry can expand without being stretched thin, go undeceived without losing its lovingness, and even redeem the future that some of us, otherwise, did not want to enter."—Douglas Crase

Synopsis:

Not Even Then, the debut collection by Brian Blanchfield, introduces a poetry both compressed and musically fluid, beseechingly intimate and oddly authoritative. Blanchfield conducts readers through a unique, theatrical realm where concepts and personages are enlivened into action: Continuity, Coincidence, Symmetry, and Shame keep uneasy company there with Marcel Duchamp and Johnny Weissmuller, Lord Alfred Douglas and "Blue Boy" Master Lambton, Juliets Nurse and Althussers Moses.

With its kinked and suspensive language, Not Even Then draws on the lyric tradition, even as it complicates that traditions dualism of self and other. Likeness is always under investigation in the books irreducible arrangements of alterity. From "Red Habits": "I imagine the interferences explained / in dont-think-twice and reverse advice / and by habits for both head and breast / hers and hers as red as mine at chamber check. / We are each herself a further interference." No answer rests unquestioned in its turn; even the book titles cynicism is challenged by a poetics alive to possibility, where Possibility is—impetuously, ecstatically—companionable. "The listener you are," writes Blanchfield, "the less alone."

Synopsis:

A smart and unexpected first book of poetry. Not Even Then, distinctive for its suspensive, kinked, and breath-held language and its poetics of possibility, amounts to a sinuous investigation into the nature of likeness.

About the Author

Brian Blanchfield teaches in the B.F.A. creative writing program at Pratt Institute of Art. His poems have appeared in such publications as Fence, Ploughshares, Slope, and Volt. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Table of Contents

One First Try and then Another

WEREMEN

Thirteen Point Three Three

Letter to a Silvery Mime in Yellow

Ferdinand, the Prize

Red Habits

The Weremen

Two Moons

Borrowing a Page from Nature

Refinery

If the Blank Outcome in Dominoes Adds a Seventh Side to Dice

The Next Landing

Chercher

From the Selected Burned Letters

ISLAND EQUIDISTANT

The Same Question

Propeller or Chime

Code Orange under Love, Part I

24-Hour Window

Infraction

The Endowment Becoming Less an Institution

Not of the Heritage Softtail Series

Blanch Whiteface to Face

Comeuppance Has Hatches

Pipe Dream of a Deputy Best Friend

Newfoundland and Labrador

To Come True a Thing Must Come Second

Answer Day

Comfort Proviso with Shadow

Chances at Kill Devil Hills

KILL DEVIL HILLS

The Earliest Work of Literary Criticism

There Are Five Deacons

String Theory Readymade

Receipt

A Whole Host

Littleness of Being

Even Funnier than Pretending to Do It Is Actually Doing It

Velma

The Matter, with Abjection

Less and Less That Is Not a Hotel Anymore

Aerozona Water Letter

Photograph of without Reference to

The Discoverer of Pluto

The Living Many Go Down One

Some Notes

Acknowledgments

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520240391
Subtitle:
Poems
Publisher:
University of California Press
Author:
Bedient, Calvin
Author:
Hillman, Brenda
Author:
Blanchfield, Brian
Author:
Hass, Robert
Location:
Berkeley
Subject:
General
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
American poetry
Subject:
Mass Media - General
Subject:
Media Studies
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
New California Poetry
Series Volume:
11
Publication Date:
20040419
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
81
Dimensions:
8.24x5.32x.31 in. .28 lbs.

Related Subjects

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History and Social Science » Sociology » Media
Humanities » Literary Criticism » General

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"Synopsis" by ,
Not Even Then, the debut collection by Brian Blanchfield, introduces a poetry both compressed and musically fluid, beseechingly intimate and oddly authoritative. Blanchfield conducts readers through a unique, theatrical realm where concepts and personages are enlivened into action: Continuity, Coincidence, Symmetry, and Shame keep uneasy company there with Marcel Duchamp and Johnny Weissmuller, Lord Alfred Douglas and "Blue Boy" Master Lambton, Juliets Nurse and Althussers Moses.

With its kinked and suspensive language, Not Even Then draws on the lyric tradition, even as it complicates that traditions dualism of self and other. Likeness is always under investigation in the books irreducible arrangements of alterity. From "Red Habits": "I imagine the interferences explained / in dont-think-twice and reverse advice / and by habits for both head and breast / hers and hers as red as mine at chamber check. / We are each herself a further interference." No answer rests unquestioned in its turn; even the book titles cynicism is challenged by a poetics alive to possibility, where Possibility is—impetuously, ecstatically—companionable. "The listener you are," writes Blanchfield, "the less alone."

"Synopsis" by , A smart and unexpected first book of poetry. Not Even Then, distinctive for its suspensive, kinked, and breath-held language and its poetics of possibility, amounts to a sinuous investigation into the nature of likeness.
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