9780374534806

Marvelous Things Overheard Poems

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  • ISBN13:

    9780374534806

  • ISBN10:

    0374534802

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 9/9/2014
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Summary

A vibrant and eclectic collection from a stunningly mature young poet

"The world—the time has come to say it, though the news will not be welcome to everyone—has no intention of abandoning enchantment altogether." Roberto Calasso's words in Literature and the Gods remind us that, in an age of reason, of mechanization, of alienation, of rote drudgery, we still seek out the transcendent, the marvelous. Ange Mlinko's luminous fourth collection is both a journey toward and the space of that very enchantment.
Marvelous Things Overheard takes its title from a collection of ancient rumors about the lands of the Mediterranean. Mlinko, who lived at the American University of Beirut and traveled to Greece and Cyprus, has penned poems that seesaw between the life lived in those ancient and strife-torn places, and the life imagined through its literature: from The Greek Anthology to the Mu'allaqat. Throughout, Mlinko grapples with the passage of time on two levels: her own aging (alongside the growing up of her children) and the incontrovertible evidence of millennia of human habitation.
This is an assured and revealing collection, one that readers will want to seek refuge in again and again.

Author Biography

Ange Mlinko was born in Philadelphia in 1969. Educated at St. John’s College and Brown University, she has spent most of her adult life in New York, and has also lived in Ifrane, Morocco, and Beirut, Lebanon. Mlinko’s previous books include Matinées, Starred Wire, and Shoulder Season. She has received the Poetry Foundation’s Randall Jarrell Award in Criticism and currently teaches in the University of Houston’s Creative Writing Program. She lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband and two children.

Table of Contents

Contents

I
The Grind
The Reverse of Pain is Words
The God Category
Stabile
The Heliopolitan
Neo-Aeolian
Alexander's Naming of Winds
Etna
Dutch
Civilization
The Med
Symphonic Expanse
Naiad Math
Cicadas
Bayt
Bliss Street
After Sappho (The Volcano)

II
Azure
Cantata for Lynette Roberts

III
Chagrin
Wingandecoia
Angélique Reason, Love, Control

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