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In Cairo Traffic, his third book of poems, Lloyd Schwartz asks the Sphinx to explain the riddle "about, you know, / Time and Power and Families-the one you think you / have the answer to. Tell me your answer! / No . . . don't." The search for answers takes the poet to some surprising, often phantasmagoric places, and back again to the self, to dreams, to home, and even to the nursing home where his mother-sphinxlike herself-becomes the person asking the dark questions and providing some unexpected answers. These extraordinary narratives-funny and frightening, seductive and profoundly moving-explore the intersections of character and language, the places where common speech mysteriously transforms itself into poetry. This book, which includes several translations of contemporary Brazilian poems, confirms Schwartz's growing reputation as an intensely compelling and original poet.

About the Author

Lloyd Schwartz is a professor of English at the University of Massachusetts Boston and the classical music critic for National Public Radio's Fresh Air and the Boston Phoenix. He is the author of two previous books of poetry, These People and Goodnight, Gracie, and his poems have appeared in the New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, and The Best American Poetry. In 1994, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

A True Poem

Friendly Song (by Carlos Drummond de Andrade)

She Forgets

The Two Horses (A Memory)

He Tells His Mother What He's Working On

From Brazilian Winter (by Rogério Zola Santiago)

Shut-Eye

The Two Churches (A Dream)

Pornography

Proverbs from Purgatory

The Dream During My Mother's Recuperation

No Orpheus

Her Waltz

Nostalgia (The Lake at Night)

Song

Renato's Dream

Cairo Traffic

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226741932
Author:
Schwartz, Lloyd
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Location:
Chicago :
Subject:
American
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Phoenix Poets Series
Series Volume:
1422-3F
Publication Date:
20001031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
83
Dimensions:
8.5 x 6.13 in

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