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Strange Land (Crab Orchard Series in Poetry)

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Todd Hearons haunting debut collection chronicles the twin paths of isolation and desire in the search for meaning and union with others. On his pilgrimage through the lost worlds of earth and the soul, the speaker encounters drought in both the literal and spiritual sense as he confronts desolate landscapes, from the brown remnants of ruined cities, to the depths of the human heart and mans capacity for utter destruction. Yet even though he frequently encounters darkness, he never ceases to seek beauty. He is a man who wears many faces, from Adam, staring down a bleak future bereft of Paradise, to the doomed poet Shelley, drowned off the coast of Italy. He speaks as a man adrift in his own life, seeking an answer to his emptiness, an estranged traveler through memory and longing. Lyrical and intense, Strange Land is a quest for understanding and human connection.

 

 

Strange Land 

It goes without saying

a word:  the world under cover

of midnight snow, what we have known

 

of pageantry and lilac, leaf and song

subsumed in starless silence.

Waking at dawn into the tremulous blue

 

of the room, as in earths afterglow,

we lie, lidless, listening, as crows

call out the ears horizons.

 

What year is it?  Into what country were we born

and now must make our way?  Outside the pane

the stillness feels ancestral but the ghosts

 

not yours, not mine.  My émigré,

we are cut off.  An ocean to the east

churns in chiaroscuro while unseen

 

ranges to the south deflect our passage,

what passage might have been.

This country seems the passing of a dream

 

to a moonscapes still immitigable white,

a lands amnesia where against the sky

three needling black birds fly

 

and slip like an ellipsis out of sight.

 

 

 

 

About the Author

Todd Hearon is a poet, playwright, and fiction writer.  His poems, translations, and reviews have appeared in The Southern Review, The New Republic, Harvard Review, Partisan Review, AGNI, Literary Imagination, Ploughshares, Poetry, Poetry London, and Slate.  He has been the recipient of numerous awards, including a 2007 PEN New England “Discovery” Award; the 2007 Friends of Literature Prize from Poetry magazine; a Dobie Paisano writing fellowship from the University of Texas at Austin; and a Paul Green Playwrights Prize.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780809329663
Author:
Hearon, Todd
Publisher:
Southern Illinois University Press
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Crab Orchard Series in Poetry
Publication Date:
20100531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
88
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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