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Virgil and the Mountain Cat: Poems

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"Virgil and the Mountain Cat, David Lau's first book of poems, evokes the shattering of Western civilization (not its collapse, but the tense, apprehensive moment before the cracked vessel falls apart). What commanded trust now provokes a nihilistic retaliatory mischief-making poetic language, in which the only redemptive element, if there is one, is what Alain Badiou calls the 'engine' of excess in the greatest 20th century art, excess of the kind that allows for change, a revolution. Lau's high-voltage language is a measure of the passion of (and for) belief that has been lost. Lau is a remarkable young poet."—Calvin Bedient, author of Candy Necklace

"It's after the end of the world, and David Lau is our last first poet of the future past. When words have nowhere left to go, they need a new Virgil to guide them sideways in time, to where they can become ferociously fractal as the cry of a mountain cat. The microtonal resistances of Lau's language both remove and remotivate meaning: what the poet 'saw was raw war.' David Lau's work enacts a great refusal that lights fuses beneath the psycho-political dome."—Andrew Joron, author of The Sound Mirror

"The scary accomplishment of Virgil and the Mountain Cat is to remind a reader that poetry has the capacity to disturb, rather than calm, one's nervous system. Lau's poems are knowing and proficient and care nothing for your feelings. Punk in its spirit, sure to prove alienating to most readers over thirty, and spoken from a place deep 'inside the annotations,' this book is an unforgiving glimpse of the horizonless present."—Mark Levine, author of The Wilds

Synopsis:

At once uncompromising and highly inventive, David Lau's poems are imbued with a musicality that lightens the dark undertones of spoliation and entropy. Many of the poems embody a nexus of interaction with historical events, films, modernist poetic texts, and works of art—but from this allusion and evocation, a multifarious voice emerges. In these pages, the electric linguistic experiment meets a new urban, postnatural poetics, one in which poetry is not just a play of signs and seemings but also a prismatic investigation of our contemporary order: "Hurry up before our factory leaves. / The first column of the Freedom Tower / traduces its ensorcellment in the facade." Here is a poetry both deeply lyrical and resistant, a poetry relentless in its invention and its stance against the apathy of convention and consumption.

About the Author

David Lau teaches writing at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and Cabrillo College. His poems have appeared in Boston Review, New Orleans Review, Wildlife, and other magazines.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

I

Prosopopeia

Day to Start on the Floorboards, Rain to the South, Any View a Machine

New Organic Shifts

Suburbatross

Immortality

Going Out

Man with Archiving Machine

Iovis Omnia Plena

Happiness Is for the Terrestre

Many Jasons

Absolute, The

Tell Pearl

The Tupperware Concerto

Black Line Drawing

II

Oil Trees

Awkwardnesses

They Camped for This Day in the Villages Overlooking the Plain of the River

Sir Not-Appearing-in-This-Film

The Spy's Council of Breezes

Civil War

Yucca Flats

Stag

Metacinematic Skirt Border of a Traumatophile

Parade

Boom Kiss Boom Boom Kiss

Restlessness on the Hummock

To an Ectopic Shepherd

Apotheosis of Groundlessness

III

Tears Open the Sky behind Every Gesture

Now Now There There You Know Her Skirt Settles on a Cow

Vertigo Fastener

Exclusion Act

Scene

Heroes of Our America

Domesticity Effect

July Montaigne

Toward Disunion's Opal

Land Bridge

Extra Strength Resistant Resistance

Songs about the Avant-Garde

Protest in Philippines

Where I Shall Need No Glass

Moved Only by Mechanical Device

The Birth of Reality Out of Appearance

Seiche

Yesterday Lectures

Virgil and the Mountain Cat

Jellyfish

Notes

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520258747
Author:
Lau, David
Publisher:
University of California Press
Author:
Lau, David
Subject:
General
Subject:
Americas (North Central South West Indies)
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
New California Poetry
Series Volume:
25
Publication Date:
20090331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Pages:
88
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 x 0.38 in 4 oz

Related Subjects

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History and Social Science » World History » General
Humanities » Literary Criticism » General

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At once uncompromising and highly inventive, David Lau's poems are imbued with a musicality that lightens the dark undertones of spoliation and entropy. Many of the poems embody a nexus of interaction with historical events, films, modernist poetic texts, and works of art—but from this allusion and evocation, a multifarious voice emerges. In these pages, the electric linguistic experiment meets a new urban, postnatural poetics, one in which poetry is not just a play of signs and seemings but also a prismatic investigation of our contemporary order: "Hurry up before our factory leaves. / The first column of the Freedom Tower / traduces its ensorcellment in the facade." Here is a poetry both deeply lyrical and resistant, a poetry relentless in its invention and its stance against the apathy of convention and consumption.
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