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Madame X (Poets, Penguin)

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A new collection from a poet acclaimed for his immaculate craft and impressive range

William Logan?S dark, intense, muscular verse has long unsettled some of the standard agreements of American poetry. His eighth collection finds its home in the elsewhere, in the various small towns and ancient cities where the poet has felt some shimmering presence of the past. Logan uncovers the memory of the Leviathan in the Massachusetts fishing village where he was raised, the coupling of gods in Venice at the millennium, and signs of the Flood in Texas. He explores places familiar and unfamiliar, whether tenting on the plains with General Custer or seeing a horrific vision behind the Blaschkas? famous glass models of the invertebrates. The inhabitants of Sodom and Gomorrah followed strange flesh; in the collapsing real-estate market of the past, this master of formality as well as form discovers the sins of the flesh that still haunt us.

Synopsis:

One of the most technically gifted poets of his generation, William Logan here presents four sequences, each of which is haunted by the battered history of the enchanted city of Venice: two refugees from Nazi Germany replay a version of the Aeneid that shadows their lives in and out of Venice; the comedy of Tiepolo's Punchinello drawings are given mocking narrative; a modern traveler finds in Venice's insects, birds, and fish a nature that endures within an unnatural city; and, in a formal sequence reminiscent of W. H. Auden's "The Sea and the Mirror," King James commissions a revision of Macbeth in order to impress the chief magistrate. These new poems showcase Logan's trademark refinement and erudition.

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The poems here delve into what William Logan calls the “ill-lit kingdom of the past.” The book is haunted by the dead but equally penitent toward the rich insinuations of the living: the lost floral paradise of the Florida outlands, the steamy Gatsby summers of a Long Island childhood, the frozen stones of a colonial burying ground. This new collection of seventy-two poems will allow readers to delight in the richness of Logan’s language and the boldness of his vision.

About the Author

William Logan is the author of five collections of poems, a book of criticism, and a book of essays on poets and poetry. He has won the Peter I. B. Lavan Younger Poets Award from The Academy of American Poets and has received the Citation for Excellence in Reviewing from the National Book Critics Circle. He teaches at the University of Florida, where he is alumni professor of English.

Table of Contents

Macbeth In Venice The Shorter Aeneid

I. The Ship

II. The Train

III. Refugees

IV. The Oracle of the Birds

V. The Other World

VI. The Other World

VII. The Ohter World

VIII. The Other World

IX. The Other World

X. The Book of Genesis

XI. The Book of the Lizard

XII Measure for Measure

Punchinello in Chains

I. Punchinello Hatched by a Turkey

II. Punchinello in the Menagerie

III. The Marriage of Punchinello

IV. Punchinello in Chains

V. The Trial of Punchinello

VI. Punchinello Dreams of Escape

VII. The Hanging of Punchinello

VIII. The Resurrection of Punchinello

Venetian Hours

The Quicksand Builders

The Lost Birds of Venice

Marco Polo among the Insects

Canova at the Fish Market

Gli Insetti di Venezia

The Church of San Fantin

The Saint and the Crab

The Massacre of the Holy Innocents

Ca' d'Oro

Torcello

Venice in February

Leaving Venice

Macbeth in Venice

Prologue

I. The Witches to the Audience

II. Ode to Darkness or, The Curtain's Speech

III. The Mirror to Lady Macbeth

IV. The Porter's Song

V. The Murderers' Horses

VI. Banquo's Feast

VII. Macbeth's Daughter

VIII. The Guards' Song

IX. Lady Macbeth on Sleep

X. Birnam Wood to the Players

XI. Macbeth's Daughter Drowned

XII. Macbeth the Rationalist

Epilogue: King James VI and I to the Doge

Notes

Product Details

ISBN:
9780143122388
Author:
Logan, William
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Series:
Poets, Penguin
Publication Date:
20120931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
112
Dimensions:
8.4 x 5.54 x 0.31 in 0.27 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by ,

One of the most technically gifted poets of his generation, William Logan here presents four sequences, each of which is haunted by the battered history of the enchanted city of Venice: two refugees from Nazi Germany replay a version of the Aeneid that shadows their lives in and out of Venice; the comedy of Tiepolo's Punchinello drawings are given mocking narrative; a modern traveler finds in Venice's insects, birds, and fish a nature that endures within an unnatural city; and, in a formal sequence reminiscent of W. H. Auden's "The Sea and the Mirror," King James commissions a revision of Macbeth in order to impress the chief magistrate. These new poems showcase Logan's trademark refinement and erudition.

"Synopsis" by ,

The poems here delve into what William Logan calls the “ill-lit kingdom of the past.” The book is haunted by the dead but equally penitent toward the rich insinuations of the living: the lost floral paradise of the Florida outlands, the steamy Gatsby summers of a Long Island childhood, the frozen stones of a colonial burying ground. This new collection of seventy-two poems will allow readers to delight in the richness of Logan’s language and the boldness of his vision.

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