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In this debut collection, Voodoo Inverso, Mark Wagenaar composes a startling mystical imagism and sets it to music, using self-portraits to explore differing physical and spiritual landscapes. He uses a variety of personae—a victim of sex trafficking in Amsterdam, a fichera dancer, a portrait haunted by Dante, a carillonneur of starlight, an elephant in pink slippers remembering its beloved—to silhouette the intricacies and frailties of the body and the world. In a series of “gospels” and “histories”—such as the poems “History of Ecstasy” and “Moth Hour Gospel”—he shines a light on the possibilities of transcendence and transfiguration, weaving together memory and loss with desire and hope.

Synopsis:

An unsentimental and at times disquieting first collection, the poems of About Crows excavate self, family, race, location, sex, art, and religion to uncover the artifacts of a succession of traumas that the speaker does not always experience firsthand but carries with him to refashion into some new importance. This is a book of half-states, broken affiliations, and dislocation.
            The speaker leads the reader through the fragments of a flooded town that grows increasingly elusive the more one looks for it; through a succession of Seoul "love motels" that further displace the outsider to unclaimed margins transformed into sites of creative invention; through "galleries" of artwork, where movement, color, and image are renewed through ekphrasis; and through the world of the metatextual long poem "The Cult Poem," where good and bad moral binaries tangle into a rat's nest of our best and worst spiritual ambitions.
            The poems and sequences of About Crows are marked by their artistic balance of the sublime and the profane, of polyphony, syntactical complexity, clashing images, cagey humor, and unsettling sincerity, all trying desperately to connect.

About the Author

Mark Wagenaar is the winner of numerous poetry awards, including the Yellowwood Poetry Prize, the Gary Gildner Award, the Matt Clark Poetry Prize, and the Greg Grummer Poetry Award. His poems have appeared in such journals as New England Review, Subtropics, Southern Review, American Literary Review, Crab Orchard Review, New Ohio Review, and Antioch Review. He lives in Denton, Texas.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

 

Part I: Self-Portraits & Disappearances

Chiropractic (Bootblacks & Light Bulbs)

Spill

The History of Ecstasy

Errata

Voodoo Inverso (Self-Portrait)

Slow Migration Towards Ecstasy

Nocturne Past Dreaming

A Splinter of the Buddha's Tooth

Portraits of the Artist with Montale

A Parade of Ghosts

The Other World

Self-Portrait of the Artist as Io

Portrait of the Artist with Dante

Sun Goin Down Bad Luck Blues

Deer Hour Gospel

The Way of All Flesh

Dusk Hour Gospel (Each Poem is a Poem of Exile)

 

Part II: The Litter Bearers

Zen River Travel

Tulip Mania (The New Numerology)

The History of Your Life in a Hair Strand

Raindrop

Elegiac Stanzas

Gacela of the Wounds

Consolations of the New Day

Since You Asked

A Blessing

Preparing the Table

Gacela of the Bright Omen

A Life Buried in Water

Six Prayer Kites over Rock Island

The Butcher with Nothing But Bones

Curio

Revenant

Film 101: Final Exam

Survival Plans

The Disciples Question Their Yogi

Deep Image Hall of Fame

The Joke

Orpheus Amongst the Fishbones

Other Equations for Velocity

Lines for a Thirtieth Birthda

The Other Side of the Curtain

Elegy with Two Lemons

The Litter Bearers

 

Part III: Aubades & Nocturnes

Bat Hour Gospel

Unknowable Aubade

Early Hymn from Humpback Rock

Nail Bed Gospel

Baladère Notturno

Carnival Nocturne

Domestic Nocturne

Sixth Finger Gospel

Filament

Nocturne of a Thousand & One Notes

Nocturne: Exit Music for a Film

Thinking of Thomas à Kempis on a Fall Evening

Unknowable Nocturne

Reliquaries

Moth Hour Gospel

Product Details

ISBN:
9780299288143
Author:
Wagenaar, Mark
Publisher:
University of Wisconsin Press
Author:
Blais, Craig
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry
Publication Date:
20120331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
72
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.5 in

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An unsentimental and at times disquieting first collection, the poems of About Crows excavate self, family, race, location, sex, art, and religion to uncover the artifacts of a succession of traumas that the speaker does not always experience firsthand but carries with him to refashion into some new importance. This is a book of half-states, broken affiliations, and dislocation.
            The speaker leads the reader through the fragments of a flooded town that grows increasingly elusive the more one looks for it; through a succession of Seoul "love motels" that further displace the outsider to unclaimed margins transformed into sites of creative invention; through "galleries" of artwork, where movement, color, and image are renewed through ekphrasis; and through the world of the metatextual long poem "The Cult Poem," where good and bad moral binaries tangle into a rat's nest of our best and worst spiritual ambitions.
            The poems and sequences of About Crows are marked by their artistic balance of the sublime and the profane, of polyphony, syntactical complexity, clashing images, cagey humor, and unsettling sincerity, all trying desperately to connect.
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