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The Eternal City (Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets)

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Chosen by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon to relaunch the prestigious Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets under his editorship, The Eternal City revives Princeton's tradition of publishing some of today's best poetry.

With an epigraph from Freud comparing the mind to a landscape in which all that ever was still persists, The Eternal City offers eloquent testimony to the struggle to make sense of the present through conversation with the past. Questioning what it means to possess and to be possessed by objects and technologies, Kathleen Graber's collection brings together the elevated and the quotidian to make neighbors of Marcus Aurelius, Klaus Kinski, Walter Benjamin, and Johnny Depp. Like Aeneas, who escapes Troy carrying his father on his back, the speaker of these intellectually and emotionally ambitious poems juggles the weight of private and public history as she is transformed from settled resident to pilgrim.

Review:

"Kathleen Graber is mistress of these graceful inquisitions – and agile cadences. Her wings are unclipped. She convinces as a poet who has the freedom of the city – of the eternal city." --Kate Kellaway, The Observer

Review:

"Her long-lined work grapples with loss, illness, and transience, allowing itself to be highly personal while never losing sight of the larger context of loss: the human condition. It's serious poetry as inviting as an intimate conversation. See for yourself." --Meghan O'Rourke, NPR

Synopsis:

For nearly half a century, Jared Carter has been quietly mapping the American heartland. Line by line, his poetry has shown us the landscape, sounded the voices, conjured the music, and tested the silence of the ever-changing and yet ever-constant Midwest that figures so prominently in the American story. And yet what we find in Carters poetry is endlessly new.

 
Here, in poems selected from his first five books, is the summer-long buzz of the cicada and the crack of the cue ball, the young rebel on his big Harley, and the YMCA secretary who backstrokes her way across the indoor pool. Here, too, are thirty new poems in fixed form that illustrate Carters continued quest for a poetry of “universal interest.” Taken together, these selections are, truly, poetry in the American grain.

 

Synopsis:

Chosen by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon to relaunch the prestigious Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets under his editorship, The Eternal City revives Princeton's tradition of publishing some of today's best poetry.

With an epigraph from Freud comparing the mind to a landscape in which all that ever was still persists, The Eternal City offers eloquent testimony to the struggle to make sense of the present through conversation with the past. Questioning what it means to possess and to be possessed by objects and technologies, Kathleen Graber's collection brings together the elevated and the quotidian to make neighbors of Marcus Aurelius, Klaus Kinski, Walter Benjamin, and Johnny Depp. Like Aeneas, who escapes Troy carrying his father on his back, the speaker of these intellectually and emotionally ambitious poems juggles the weight of private and public history as she is transformed from settled resident to pilgrim.

About the Author

Kathleen Graber teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Virginia Commonwealth University. Her poems have appeared in the "New Yorker" and the "American Poetry Review", among other publications, and her first collection, "Correspondence", was published in 2006.

Table of Contents

Tolle! Lege! 1
The Magic Kingdom 5
Dead Man 7
Florum Principi 10
The Drunkenness of Noah 14
Fitzcarraldo 16
The Third Day 18
The Heresies 20
UnChien Andalou 22
The Synthetic A Priori 25
The Eternal City 31
Book One 32
Book Two 33
Book Three 34
Book Four 35
Book Five 36
Book Six 37
Book Seven 38
Book Eight 39
Book Nine 40
Book Ten 41
Book Eleven 42
Book Twelve 43
Another Poem about Trains 47
What I Meant to Say 51
Some Great Desire 52
Three Poems for Walter Benjamin 54
Loggia 54
The Telephone 57
The Cabinet 59
No Lightsome Thing 62
Angels Unawares 64
Letter from Cornwall: To Stephen Dunn 68
Letter from Gozo: To Gerald Stern 71
The Festival at Nikko 74
Acknowledgments 75
Notes 77

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691146102
Author:
Graber, Kathleen
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Author:
Carter, Jared
Author:
Kooser, Ted
Subject:
General
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Ted Kooser Contemporary Poetry
Publication Date:
20100731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
96
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 5 oz

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"Review" by , "Kathleen Graber is mistress of these graceful inquisitions – and agile cadences. Her wings are unclipped. She convinces as a poet who has the freedom of the city – of the eternal city." --
"Review" by , "Her long-lined work grapples with loss, illness, and transience, allowing itself to be highly personal while never losing sight of the larger context of loss: the human condition. It's serious poetry as inviting as an intimate conversation. See for yourself." --
"Synopsis" by ,
For nearly half a century, Jared Carter has been quietly mapping the American heartland. Line by line, his poetry has shown us the landscape, sounded the voices, conjured the music, and tested the silence of the ever-changing and yet ever-constant Midwest that figures so prominently in the American story. And yet what we find in Carters poetry is endlessly new.

 
Here, in poems selected from his first five books, is the summer-long buzz of the cicada and the crack of the cue ball, the young rebel on his big Harley, and the YMCA secretary who backstrokes her way across the indoor pool. Here, too, are thirty new poems in fixed form that illustrate Carters continued quest for a poetry of “universal interest.” Taken together, these selections are, truly, poetry in the American grain.

 

"Synopsis" by , Chosen by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon to relaunch the prestigious Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets under his editorship, The Eternal City revives Princeton's tradition of publishing some of today's best poetry.

With an epigraph from Freud comparing the mind to a landscape in which all that ever was still persists, The Eternal City offers eloquent testimony to the struggle to make sense of the present through conversation with the past. Questioning what it means to possess and to be possessed by objects and technologies, Kathleen Graber's collection brings together the elevated and the quotidian to make neighbors of Marcus Aurelius, Klaus Kinski, Walter Benjamin, and Johnny Depp. Like Aeneas, who escapes Troy carrying his father on his back, the speaker of these intellectually and emotionally ambitious poems juggles the weight of private and public history as she is transformed from settled resident to pilgrim.

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