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Anatomy of Melancholy and Other Poems (Poets, Penguin)

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A powerful new collection from an award-winning poet Robert Wrigley has become one of his generation's most accomplished poets, renowned for his irony, power, and lucid style and for his ability to fuse narrative and lyrical impulses. Like its namesake—Robert Burton's seventeenth-century examination of human thoughts and emotions—Wrigley's new collection means to examine our world through the lens of melancholia. From imagined war memorials to insomniac chickens; from Descartes' lost daughter to a dreaming tree; from King Kong to Rush Limbaugh; and from Anna Karenina to a man named Lucy Doolin (short for Lucifer), these are poems that elegize and celebrate that most beautiful, exasperating, joyous, miserable, and perfectly imperfect of all creatures—the human being.

Synopsis:

A powerful new collection from an award-winning poet.

At the heart of Robert Wrigley's new book are the fears that find us at the darkest times and the hopes we rise to each morning. These poems explore that point where the sacred and the profane come together, that place of beauty inside the grotesque and the grotesque inside what is beautiful. The laws of nature, the commandments of capitalism, and the rules of war are transformed into songs of longing, patriotism, and dissent; we are also reminded of the grace residing in the glimpse of a horse under a full moon or the preserved lock of a lover's hair. Elegiac and lyrical, playful and angry, Beautiful Country offers a vision of a country that is unflinching, demanding, and generous.

Synopsis:

Lives of the Animals takes us to that place where the boundaries between predator and prey, the observer and the observed, merge, reverse, become re-imagined. We find ourselves inside a story of death and life, witness to acts of survival so primal they seem less instinctive than passionate. And it is passion that most informs these poems: the bond between lovers, between parent and child, between humans and other animals, both wild and domestic, that populate our shared world of hunger and need.

About the Author

Robert Wrigley is a recipient of numerous grants and fellowships. His sixth and most recent book, Lives of the Animals, won the 2004 Poets’ Prize.

Table of Contents

Lives of the Animals The Other World

Horse

Elk Dreams

At the Beach

Explanatory

Do You Love Me?

Myopia

Discretion

Poor Animals

Later That Day

Washing My Face

Fish Dreams

Affirmations

Is an Abandoned Orchard

Thatcher Bitchboy

Mummy of a Mouse

Quiet Night

Bridge

Anecdotal Fencepost

Clemency

Lives of the Animals

After the Coyotes' Song

Horseflies

Following Snakes

Snake in the Trough

Swallows

Highway 12, Just East of Paradise, Idaho

Progress

Winter Bale

Caffeine

Agency

Kissing a Horse

"Dog"

Northern Lights

The Afterlife of Moose

The Church of Omnivorous Light

In Time

Sweetbreads

Mercy

Helpful

Bear Dreams

Breaking Trail

Product Details

ISBN:
9780143123071
Author:
Wrigley, Robert
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Author:
igley
Author:
Robert Wr
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series:
Poets, Penguin
Publication Date:
20130331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
8.98 x 5.98 x 0.5 in 0.53 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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A powerful new collection from an award-winning poet.

At the heart of Robert Wrigley's new book are the fears that find us at the darkest times and the hopes we rise to each morning. These poems explore that point where the sacred and the profane come together, that place of beauty inside the grotesque and the grotesque inside what is beautiful. The laws of nature, the commandments of capitalism, and the rules of war are transformed into songs of longing, patriotism, and dissent; we are also reminded of the grace residing in the glimpse of a horse under a full moon or the preserved lock of a lover's hair. Elegiac and lyrical, playful and angry, Beautiful Country offers a vision of a country that is unflinching, demanding, and generous.

"Synopsis" by ,
Lives of the Animals takes us to that place where the boundaries between predator and prey, the observer and the observed, merge, reverse, become re-imagined. We find ourselves inside a story of death and life, witness to acts of survival so primal they seem less instinctive than passionate. And it is passion that most informs these poems: the bond between lovers, between parent and child, between humans and other animals, both wild and domestic, that populate our shared world of hunger and need.

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