Desolation: Souvenir

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  • Copyright: 2012-04-01
  • Publisher: Omnidawn Publishing
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At turns expressive and philosophically playful, two lengthy pieces of lyric proceduralism comprise this richly perceptive work. Originally conceived as the completing of an unfinished Mallarme work, the title poem seeks to fill in the gaps left in grief-stricken lines penned at the death of Mallarme's 10-year old son. Turning to considerations of death, the breaking of family relations, and loss of love, the writing becomes an elegiac meditation on Hoover's own life, and hauntingly mourns the loss of the earth, itself. Inspired by Wittgenstein's Tractatus, the companion piece "The Window's (The Actual Acts)" consist of a series of thoughtful propositions and reflections expressed through everyday language. A poet of wit and intelligence, Paul Hoover now establishes himself as a voice of deep emotional resonance and far-ranging vision.

Author Biography

Paul Hoover is the editor of the influential anthology Postmodern American Poetry, coeditor of the literary magazine New American Writing, and author of 12 previous poetry collections, including Corazón, Edge and Fold, Poems in Spanish, and Sonnet 56. He lives in Mill Valley, California.

Table of Contents

desolation: souvenirp. 9
infant at the entrancep. 11
holding us freezingp. 12
why are children cruelp. 13
another word for earthp. 14
how the white iris feelsp. 15
the dream and now a fieldp. 16
no speaking of this in publicp. 17
why they call them leavesp. 18
thoughts acquire timep. 19
trees portray the windp. 20
life was never greenerp. 21
repeat after mep. 22
rend until it is wholep. 23
life is what afflicts usp. 24
how to describe sky bluep. 25
children pretend to diep. 26
the ghost of us is passingp. 27
after light trespassesp. 28
earth speaks treesp. 29
past tense, past timep. 30
and what is last in usp. 31
yesterday you were herep. 32
one size fits all beingp. 33
the present opens empty34
unreality's rarep. 35
houses without doorsp. 36
sound returns to its bellp. 37
the count is down to nonep. 38
crimes of the heartp. 39
whose mother was the seap. 40
what will be has beenp. 41
there is no last worldp. 42
one leaf on every treep. 43
present here foreverp. 44
earth's distant as a starp. 45
no logic to the sensesp. 46
our pasts are laid outp. 47
eternity really means itp. 48
what will be enoughp. 49
night is spoken herep. 50
to be is what we feelp. 51
finally no one's therep. 52
a crowd of one gapingp. 53
let it rain its historiesp. 54
go now and tell the childrenp. 55
nothing windswept sleepsp. 56
ringing with each wavep. 57
sublime the double lifep. 58
the mother image: treep. 59
words are nearly gonep. 60
The Windows (The Actual Acts)p. 61
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