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Exit, Civilian (National Poetry)

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Publisher Comments:

In her second collection, Idra Novey steps in and out of jails, courthouses, and caves to explore what confinement means in the twenty-first century. From the beeping doors of a prison in New York to cellos playing in a former jail in Chile, she looks at prisons that have opened, closed, and transformed to examine how the stigma of incarceration has altered American families, including her own. Novey writes of the expanding prison complex that was once a field and imagines what’s next for the civilians who enter and exit it each day.

Review:

"Novey (The Next Country) devotes her spare, angry and careful second book, selected for the National Poetry Series by Patricia Smith, to imprisonment: incarceration as a metaphor, the literal troubles of inmates in the U.S., and, in the book's last segments, the infamous carceral spaces — a Brazilian island, a Valparaiso jail — used by tyrannical Latin American regimes. Novey has taught in prisons in New York State, and some terse prose poems reflect her experience: 'In the shine of a car outside the prison my reflection gets wider until it splits.' Her attention, however, remains with the people who have to live inside: their patience, lost opportunities, humiliations, and final dignity. Novey's best work complements (rather than trying to become) journalism, and it demands quotation. 'To be quiet in a prison, Janet said, is to admit that you're there.' The work may seem slight, or distractingly miniature, beside the work of other poets who visited prisons (C.D. Wright) or who have spent time inside (Dwayne Betts). As the poems slide between prison as figure for anyone (the excellent 'House Arrest,' about family life) and prison as daily reality for some, Novey's goals can get in each other's way. And yet the book reveals superb acts of attention, by a writer whose reliable moral sense matches her first-rate ear." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Idra Novey is the author of The Next Country and has received awards from the Poetry Society of America, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the PEN Translation Fund. Her translations include Clarice Lispector’s The Passion According to G.H., (New Directions, 2012). She has taught in the Bard College Prison Initiative and in Columbia University’s School of the Arts.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

The Little Prison

Then, before understanding, my heart went

Civilian Exiting the Facilities

Riding By on a Sunday

Aspect

Overhead

Parole

The Little Prison Responds

All Ceremonies Start with Inspection

Meanwhile the Watermelon Seed

Titles in the City Library

white as hair whitens. Then, before understanding

Eighteen Hours of Daylight

As Charged

House Arrest

The County Courthouse in the Winter

The Itinerant

Grand Jury, the Sound of Leaves

Slide Show

Table for Six

Parole Hearing

Before They Came for Us

Hearsay

The Little Prison Responds to the City

Titles in the City Library

my heart went white as hair whitens

On Bafflement

The Etymological Beginning

Recent Findings

The Metaphysics of Furniture

The Lava Game

Instead of

The Little Prison Responds

If Vallejo Hadn't Died in Paris

Riot

Titles in the City Library

Then, before understanding, my heart went

O Caldeirão do Diabo

Memorias do Cárcere

Fist and After, El Cinzano

A Maça no Oscuro

The Guest

The Ex-Cárcel of Valparaíso

The Last Beep and Door

Notes

Product Details

ISBN:
9780820343488
Author:
Novey, Idra
Publisher:
University of Georgia Press
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
The National Poetry Series
Publication Date:
20120431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
88
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Novey (The Next Country) devotes her spare, angry and careful second book, selected for the National Poetry Series by Patricia Smith, to imprisonment: incarceration as a metaphor, the literal troubles of inmates in the U.S., and, in the book's last segments, the infamous carceral spaces — a Brazilian island, a Valparaiso jail — used by tyrannical Latin American regimes. Novey has taught in prisons in New York State, and some terse prose poems reflect her experience: 'In the shine of a car outside the prison my reflection gets wider until it splits.' Her attention, however, remains with the people who have to live inside: their patience, lost opportunities, humiliations, and final dignity. Novey's best work complements (rather than trying to become) journalism, and it demands quotation. 'To be quiet in a prison, Janet said, is to admit that you're there.' The work may seem slight, or distractingly miniature, beside the work of other poets who visited prisons (C.D. Wright) or who have spent time inside (Dwayne Betts). As the poems slide between prison as figure for anyone (the excellent 'House Arrest,' about family life) and prison as daily reality for some, Novey's goals can get in each other's way. And yet the book reveals superb acts of attention, by a writer whose reliable moral sense matches her first-rate ear." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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