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BOOKS. The final chapter?

· 14 International Younger Poets, edited and with an introduction by Philip Nikolayev · 50 Things Kate Bush Taught Me About the Multiverse by Karyna McGlynn · Saint 1001 Paperback by Daphne Gottlieb · A Ghost in the Throat by Doireann Ní Ghríofa · Stedelijk Museum Breda – Tentoonstelling Pieter Laurens Mol: Nachtvlucht. Een ode aan de duisternis · Brigitte Giraud: Vivre vite · Field Notes from the Flood Zone by Heather Sellers · The Hatred of Poetry by Ben Lerner · Wound is the Origin of Wonder by Maya C. Popa · Deaf Republic. Poems by Ilya Kaminsky · ‘If This Is the Age We End Discovery’ by Rosebud Ben-Oni · Gustave Roud: ‘Air of Solitude’ followed by ‘Requiem’

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14 International Younger Poets, edited and with an introduction by Philip Nikolayev

14 International Younger Poets, edited and with an introduction by Philip Nikolayev, features verse by brilliant poets aged under 35 from India and the United States, with two of the participants originally hailing from Eastern Europe.

These remarkable young men and women, who first met each other in a virtual poetry recital, have quickly formed an active poetic community held together by aesthetic affinities, like values, and camaraderie. Their styles and ideas exhibit a crosspollinating diversity, and their spirit is indomitably humanist.

The poets question both themselves and the world, constantly negotiating their human, moral, and literary standing in it. Welcome to fourteen captivating quests for poetic excellence!

Avinab Datta-Areng (India), Raquel Balboni (USA), Justin Burnett (USA), Blake Campbell (USA), Sumit Chaudhary (India), Zainab Ummer Farook (India), Emily Grochowski (Poland & USA), Chandramohan S. (India), Susmit Panda (India), Paul Rowe (USA), Shruti Krishna Sareen (India), Andreea Iulia Scridon (Romania & UK), Kamayani Sharma (India), Sam Wronoski (USA).

14 International Younger Poets
Edited and with introduction by Philip Nikolayev
MadHat Press
Imprint: Art and Letters
Language: English
Paperback, 154 pp
ISBN-13: 978-1-952335-23-5
$22.00

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50 Things Kate Bush Taught Me About the Multiverse by Karyna McGlynn

This is a book of tragicomic gurlesque word-witchery inspired by the Kate Bush cosmos.

Campily glamorous, darkly funny, obsessively ekphrastic, boozily baroque, psychedelically girly & musically ecstatic, 50 Things Kate Bush Taught Me About the Multiverse dazzles as Karyna McGlynn’s third collection of poems.

Karyna McGlynn is a writer, professor & collagist living in Memphis. She is the author of I Have to Go Back to 1994 and Kill a Girl (Sarabande 2009) and Hothouse (Sarabande 2017), which was a New York Times Editor’s Choice.

Karyna holds an MFA in Poetry from the University of Michigan, and a PhD in Creative Writing & English Literature from the University of Houston. Recent honors include the Diane Middlebrook Poetry Fellowship at the University of Wisconsin, a visiting professorship at Oberlin College, the Rumi Prize for Poetry selected by Cate Marvin, and the Florida Review Editors’ Award in Fiction. With Erika Jo Brown, she’s co-editing the anthology Clever Girl: Witty Poetry by Women.

50 Things Kate Bush Taught Me About the Multiverse
Karyna McGlynn
Publisher: ‎ Sarabande Books
April 26, 2022
Language: ‎ English
Paperback: ‎ 96 pages
ISBN-10: ‎194644894X
ISBN-13: ‎978-1946448941
€ 23,10

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Saint 1001 Paperback by Daphne Gottlieb

For more than 30 years, S corresponds with her first love, J.

There is one story she does not tell: one about three men and an alley. She learns a new story: one in which she is unable to leave the two blocks surrounding her house, and unable to tell J exactly what happened to her. Isolated by trauma and depression, S finds a way back into her skin through the strangers she meets online for sex.

The retellings of her adventures titillate J, who urges her on to more encounters. As in the 1001 Nights, this is a story made of stories: S’s own stories are interrupted and overwritten by similar, culturally reified stories. S’s life becomes scenes from everything from The Graduate and The Story of O to the words of Charles Manson and the Bible.

What emerges in words, invocations and collage is a grasping at presence and absence in the age of the internet: to be read in real time is life, and the blank screen is death.

San Francisco-based Performance Poet Daphne Gottlieb stitches together the ivory tower and the gutter just using her tongue. She is the author and editor of 10 books, most recently the short stories “Pretty Much Dead. She is also the author of five books of poetry, two anthologies, and a graphic novel with artist Diane DiMassa. She is also the co-editor (with Lisa Kester) of Dear Dawn: Aileen Wuornos in her Own Words, letters from the “First Female Serial Killer” from Death Row to her childhood best friend.

She is the winner of the Acker Award, the Audre Lorde Award in Poetry, the Firecracker Alternative Book Award, and a five-time finalist for the Lambda Literary Award.

Gottlieb teaches graduate-level creative writing, and has also performed and taught creative writing workshops at all levels around the country. She received her MFA from Mills College.

Saint 1001
by Daphne Gottlieb
Publisher: ‎ MadHat Press
2021
Language: ‎ English
Paperback: ‎ 264 pages
ISBN-10: ‎1952335256
ISBN-13: ‎978-1952335259
$21.95

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A Ghost in the Throat by Doireann Ní Ghríofa

“When we first met, I was a child, and she had been dead for centuries.”

On discovering her murdered husband’s body, an eighteenth-century Irish noblewoman drinks handfuls of his blood and composes an extraordinary lament. Eibhlín Dubh Ní Chonaill’s poem travels through the centuries, finding its way to a new mother who has narrowly avoided her own fatal tragedy. When she realizes that the literature dedicated to the poem reduces Eibhlín Dubh’s life to flimsy sketches, she wants more: the details of the poet’s girlhood and old age; her unique rages, joys, sorrows, and desires; the shape of her days and site of her final place of rest.

What follows is an adventure in which Doireann Ní Ghríofa sets out to discover Eibhlín Dubh’s erased life—and in doing so, discovers her own.

Moving fluidly between past and present, quest and elegy, poetry and those who make it, A Ghost in the Throat is a shapeshifting book: a record of literary obsession; a narrative about the erasure of a people, of a language, of women; a meditation on motherhood and on translation; and an unforgettable story about finding your voice by freeing another’s.

Doireann Ní Ghríofa is a poet and essayist. ‘A Ghost in the Throat’ was awarded the James Tait Black Prize for Biography and was voted Book of the Year at the Irish Book Awards; it has been described as “powerful” (New York Times), “captivatingly original”​​ (The Guardian) and a “masterpiece” (Sunday Business Post). Doireann is also author of six critically-acclaimed books of poetry, each a deepening exploration of birth, death, desire, and domesticity. Awards for her writing include a Lannan Literary Fellowship (USA), the Ostana Prize (Italy), a Seamus Heaney Fellowship (Queen’s University), and the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, among others.

A Ghost in the Throat
by Doireann Ní Ghríofa (Author)
Publisher: ‎ Biblioasis
2021
Language: ‎ English
Paperbac : ‎336 pages
ISBN-10: ‎ 1771964111
ISBN-13: ‎ 978-1771964111
Paperback
$15.99

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Stedelijk Museum Breda – Tentoonstelling Pieter Laurens Mol: Nachtvlucht. Een ode aan de duisternis

Speels, poëtisch en gelaagd. Zo valt het oeuvre te omschrijven van de in Breda geboren kunstenaar Pieter Laurens Mol. De tentoonstelling Nachtvlucht laat een selectie van zijn werk zien vanaf 1965 tot nu.

Voor het eerst in 30 jaar is zo’n groot aantal werken van deze internationaal gerenommeerd kunstenaar tegelijkertijd in één tentoonstelling te zien. Het thema van de tentoonstelling Nachtvlucht is de kleur zwart en de uiteenlopende betekenissen van de duisternis.

Een zonsondergang geschilderd met explosieve ingrediënten als salpeter en zwavel. In het werk The Black Sun Sets komt de agressieve kant van het duister naar voren. Maar bij beeldend kunstenaar Pieter Laurens Mol (1946, Breda) staan de kleur zwart en het duister voor veel meer dan alleen vernietiging en dood.

Al sinds zijn jeugd is hij gefascineerd door de symbolische en de wetenschappelijke betekenissen van duisternis, zoals deze bijvoorbeeld terugkomen in de melancholie of astronomie. Zwarte gaten koppelt hij aan de zwaarmoedige lading van de Spaanse woorden confusión en pesimismo. De ‘o’s’ op de teksttekening Studie Voor Zwarte Gaten zijn uitgesneden. De zwaartekracht van de begrippen is zó groot dat de ‘o’s in een zwart gat weggezogen worden. Het werk toont de uitgesproken poëtische en lyrische kant van Mols kunst.

Nachtvlucht is ingedeeld in zes thematische ensembles met namen als Nachtbraker, Hellevaart en Stille Smart. In de tentoonstelling word je meegenomen in zowel de destructie als de schoonheid van het duister. Het laatste ensemble, getiteld Geboorte van de Kleur, gaat over de hergeboorte die op het donker volgt.

Voor het werk The Total Amount vult Mol tientallen bakjes met pure pigmenten: ‘Om je ogen te planten in dit zuivere poeder uit de natuur voelt als een omarming, een prachtig intieme en intense ervaring.’ Hoog boven de kleurenbakjes hangt een fotonegatief van de kunstenaar zelf aan de muur. Hulpeloos bungelend aan een kraanwerker kan de eenzame schilder zo in één blik al het prachtige materiaal overzien dat tot zijn beschikking staat. Het idee dat hij schoonheid geboren kan laten worden zodra hij er mee aan de slag gaat vormt een hoopvolle gedachte.

Voor Mol zelf is het een tekenend werk uit de tentoonstelling. Hij onderzoekt op welke wijze de mens onderdeel is van een groter geheel en hoe hij zich daartoe kan verhouden.

Naast astronomie laat Mol zich inspireren door alchemie, natuurwetenschappen, mythologie, vaderlandse geschiedenis en oude kunst. Hierover zegt hij: ‘Een oud Egyptisch beeld kan dezelfde emotie oproepen als een stuk dat enkele minuten geleden is gemaakt. De enige echte tijd is het nu en ik breng er dingen uit het verleden en de toekomst naartoe.’

Net zo veelzijdig als zijn bronnen zijn de vormen waarin hij zich uitdrukt. Dat kunnen installaties, sculpturen of objecten zijn. Maar ook fotowerken, schilderijen, tekeningen en grafiek behoren tot de soms nooit eerder tentoongestelde werken.

Mol start zijn carrière in zijn geboorteplaats Breda. Van daaruit groeit hij uit tot een van de meest vooraanstaande kunstenaars van zijn generatie. Als een van de weinigen van zijn leeftijdsgenoten maakt hij de stap naar het buitenland.

De afgelopen vijftig jaar is zijn werk tentoongesteld bij toonaangevende instellingen wereldwijd, zoals het Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, de Kunsthalle Basel, Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève, Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlijn, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Museum of Modern Art in New York en Heide Museum of Modern Art in Melbourne. Daarnaast is Mols werk opgenomen in diverse publieke- en privécollecties.

Voor Mol zijn de geschiedenis van Noord-Brabant en kunstenaars afkomstig uit deze regio een bron van inspiratie. De stad is, zeker in de beginperiode van zijn kunstenaarschap, een inspiratiebron.

Tijdens de tentoonstellingsperiode van Nachtvlucht wordt deze verbinding met de stad benadrukt. Zo wordt in de Grote Kerk Breda werk van hem getoond waarin de kerk een prominente rol heeft. Gelijktijdig met Nachtvlucht is er een tentoonstelling in de stad te bezoeken die in samenwerking met Stichting KOP ontwikkeld is en waarvoor vier jonge kunstenaars zijn uitgenodigd nieuw werk te maken voor de publieke ruimte dat geïnspireerd is op het oeuvre van Mol en de thematiek van Nachtvlucht.

Stedelijk Museum Breda
t/m 13 nov 2022
Pieter Laurens Mol – Nachtvlucht
Een ode aan de duisternis
Tentoonstelling

Stedelijk Museum Breda
Boschstraat 22
4811 GH Breda
076 529 9900
info@stedelijkmuseumbreda.nl

 

Pieter Laurens Mol
Nachtvlucht
W-Books

Speciaal voor de tentoonstelling Pieter Laurens Mol – Nachtvlucht, verschijnt de gelijknamige publicatie Nachtvlucht. In de publicatie wordt de lezer aan de hand van de uiteenlopende betekenissen van het duister en de kleur zwart meegenomen door het oeuvre van Pieter Laurens Mol. Zes thematische opgezette hoofdstukken belichten elk een deelgebied van deze thematiek in zijn werk, waarbij een ruime selectie beeldmateriaal een goed beeld geeft van zijn werk uit de jaren zestig tot nu.

Pieter Laurens Mol
Nachtvlucht
W-Books
Formaat 17 x 24 cm
Aantal pagina’s 192
In samenwerking met Stedelijk Museum Breda
Illustraties: Circa 100 afbeeldingen in kleur en zwartwit
ISBN 978 94 625 8491 4
Jaar 2022
Taal Nederlands
Uitvoering Gebonden
24,95 euro

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Brigitte Giraud: Vivre vite

« J’ai été aimantée par cette double mission impossible. Acheter la maison et retrouver les armes cachées. C’était inespéré et je n’ai pas flairé l’engrenage qui allait faire basculer notre existence. Parce que la maison est au coeur de ce qui a provoqué l’accident. »

En un récit tendu qui agit comme un véritable compte à rebours, Brigitte Giraud tente de comprendre ce qui a conduit à l’accident de moto qui a coûté la vie à son mari le 22 juin 1999. Vingt ans après, elle fait pour ainsi dire le tour du propriétaire et sonde une dernière fois les questions restées sans réponse.

Hasard, destin, coïncidences? Elle revient sur ces journées qui s’étaient emballées en une suite de dérèglements imprévisibles jusqu’à produire l’inéluctable. À ce point électrisé par la perspective du déménagement, à ce point pressé de commencer les travaux de rénovation, le couple en avait oublié que vivre était dangereux.

Brigitte Giraud mène l’enquête et met en scène la vie de Claude, et la leur, miraculeusement ranimées.

Brigitte Giraud est l’autrice de dix romans parmi lesquels À présent (Stock mention spéciale du prix Wepler 2001), L’amour est très surestimé (Stock bourse Goncourt de la nouvelle 2007), Une année étrangère (Stock prix Jean-Giono 2009), Un loup pour l’homme et Jour de courage (Flammarion 2017 et 2019).

Vivre vite
par Brigitte Giraud
Paru le 24/08/2022
Genre : Littérature française
Flammarion
208 pages
138 x 208 mm
Broché
EAN : 9782080207340
ISBN : 9782080207340
€ 20,00

 

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Maison de la Poésie Paris
28 septembre 2022
BRIGITTE GIRAUD – VIVRE VITE
Rencontre animée par Sylvie Tanette

« Si je n’avais pas voulu vendre l’appartement. » « Si je ne m’étais pas entêtée à visiter cette maison. » « Si mon frère n’y avait pas garé sa moto pendant sa semaine de vacances. » « S’il avait plu. » Voici quelques-unes des questions qui hantent ce récit remuant. Vingt ans après, Brigitte Giraud tente de comprendre ce qui a conduit à l’accident de moto qui a coûté la vie à son mari. Hasard, destin, coïncidences ? En tout cas, une suite de dérèglements imprévisibles qui se solde par une tragédie : « Nous avions oublié que vivre était dangereux. » Un livre marquant.

À lire – Brigitte Giraud, Vivre vite, Flammarion, 2022.
Maison de la Poésie
Passage Moliėre
157, rue Saint-Martin – 75003 Paris
M ° Rambuteau – RER Les Halles

Mercredi 28 septembre 2022 – 21H00
tarif : 6 €

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Field Notes from the Flood Zone by Heather Sellers

From the frontlines of climate catastrophe, a poet watches the sea approach her doorstep.

Born and raised in Florida, Heather Sellers grew up in an extraordinarily difficult home. The natural world provided a life-giving respite from domestic violence. She found, in the tropical flora and fauna, great beauty and meaningful connection. She made her way by trying to learn the name of every flower, every insect, every fish and shell and tree she encountered.

In this collection of poems, Sellers laments its loss, while observing, over the course of a year, daily life of the people and other animals around her, on her street, and in her low-lying coastal town, where new high rises soar into the sky as the storm clouds gather with increasing intensity and the future of the community—and seemingly life as we know it—becomes more and more uncertain.

Sprung from her daily observation journals, haunted by ghosts from the past, Field Notes from the Flood Zone is a double love letter: to a beautiful and fragile landscape, and to the vulnerable young girl who grew up in that world. It is an elegy for the two great shaping forces in a life, heartbreaking family struggle and a collective lost treasure, our stunning, singular, desecrated Florida, and all its remnant beauty.

Heather Sellers is the author of four poetry collections: Field Notes from the Flood Zone (BOA, 2022); The Present State of the Garden (Lynx House Press, 2021); The Boys I Borrow (New Issues Press, 2007), which was a finalist for the James Laughlin Award; and Drinking Girls and Their Dresses (Ahsahta Press, 2002). She is also the author of the memoir You Don’t Look Like Anyone I Know (Riverhead, 2011), which was an O, the Oprah Magazine Book of the Month Club Choice and an Editor’s Choice at the New York Times, and the craft book The Practice of Creative Writing (Macmillan St. Martins Bedford, 2021), now in its fourth edition.

Her writing has been featured in numerous publications and anthologies, including Best American Essays, Creative Nonfiction, Good Housekeeping, The New York Times, O, the Oprah Magazine, The Pushcart Prize Anthology, Reader’s Digest, The Sun, and Tin House. She has been awarded a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and a residency at The MacDowell Colony. She teaches poetry and nonfiction in the MFA program at the University of South Florida. A native Floridian, she divides her time between St. Petersburg, Florida, and Manhattan.

Field Notes from the Flood Zone
By Heather Sellers
Publisher: ‎ BOA Editions Ltd. (April 26, 2022)
Language: ‎ English
Paperback: ‎ 80 pages
ISBN-10: ‎ 1950774570
ISBN-13 : ‎ 978-1950774579
$ 17.00

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The Hatred of Poetry by Ben Lerner

No art has been denounced as often as poetry. It’s even bemoaned by poets: “I, too, dislike it,” wrote Marianne Moore.

“Many more people agree they hate poetry,” Ben Lerner writes, “than can agree what poetry is. I, too, dislike it and have largely organized my life around it and do not experience that as a contradiction because poetry and the hatred of poetry are inextricable in ways it is my purpose to explore.”

In this inventive and lucid essay, Lerner takes the hatred of poetry as the starting point of his defense of the art. He examines poetry’s greatest haters (beginning with Plato‘s famous claim that an ideal city had no place for poets, who would only corrupt and mislead the young) and both its greatest and worst practitioners, providing inspired close readings of Keats, Dickinson, McGonagall, Whitman, and others.

Throughout, he attempts to explain the noble failure at the heart of every truly great and truly horrible poem: the impulse to launch the experience of an individual into a timeless communal existence. In The Hatred of Poetry, Lerner has crafted an entertaining, personal, and entirely original examination of a vocation no less essential for being impossible.

Ben Lerner was born in Topeka, Kansas, in 1979. He has received fellowships from the Fulbright, Guggenheim, Howard, and MacArthur Foundations. His first novel, Leaving the Atocha Station, won the 2012 Believer Book Award, and excerpts from 10:04 have been awarded The Paris Review’s Terry Southern Prize. He has published three poetry collections: The Lichtenberg Figures, Angle of Yaw (a finalist for the National Book Award for Poetry),and Mean Free Path. Lerner is a professor of English at Brooklyn College.

The Hatred of Poetry
by Ben Lerner
Publisher: ‎ FSG Originals
First Edition (June 7, 2016)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Paperback
96 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0865478201
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0865478206
$ 8.99

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Wound is the Origin of Wonder by Maya C. Popa

Award-winning poet Maya C. Popa suggests that our restless desires are inseparable from our mortality in this pressing and precise collection.

Rooting out profound meaning in language to wrench us from the moorings of the familiar and into the realm of the extraordinary, the volume asks, how do we articulate what’s by definition inarticulable? Where does sight end and imagination begin?

Lucid and musically rich, these poems sound an appeal to a dwindling natural world and summon moments from the lives of literary forbearers—John Milton’s visit to Galileo, a vase broken by Marcel Proust—to unveil fresh wonder in the unlikely meetings of the past. Popa dramatizes the difficulties of loving a world that is at once rich with beauty and full of opportunities for grief, and reveals that the natural arc of wonder, from astonishment to reflection, more deeply connects us with our humanity.

Maya C. Popa is the author of American Faith, recipient of the 2020 North American Book Prize. Her poems have appeared in the Nation, Poetry, and the Paris Review, among other publications. She lives in New York City.

Wound Is the Origin of Wonder
by Maya C. Popa
Publisher: ‎ W. W. Norton & Company (November 8, 2022)
Language: ‎ English
Hardcover: ‎ 96 pages
ISBN-10: ‎ 1324021365
ISBN-13: ‎ 978-1324021360
Price $26.95

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Deaf Republic. Poems by Ilya Kaminsky

Deaf Republic opens in an occupied country in a time of political unrest. When soldiers breaking up a protest kill a deaf boy, Petya, the gunshot becomes the last thing the citizens hear—all have gone deaf, and their dissent becomes coordinated by sign language.

The story follows the private lives of townspeople encircled by public violence: a newly married couple, Alfonso and Sonya, expecting a child; the brash Momma Galya, instigating the insurgency from her puppet theater; and Galya’s girls, heroically teaching signs by day and by night luring soldiers one by one to their deaths behind the curtain.

At once a love story, an elegy, and an urgent plea—Ilya Kaminsky’s long-awaited Deaf Republic confronts our time’s vicious atrocities and our collective silence in the face of them.

Ilya Kaminsky was born in the former Soviet Union and is now an American citizen. He is the author of a previous poetry collection, Dancing in Odessa, and coeditor of The Ecco Anthology of International Poetry. He has received a Whiting Award, a Lannan Literary Fellowship, and a Guggenheim Fellowship, and was named a finalist for the Neustadt International Prize for Literature. His work has been translated into more than twenty languages.

Deaf Republic
Poems
by Ilya Kaminsky
Publisher: ‎ Graywolf 2019
Language: ‎ English
Paperback: ‎ 96 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1555978312
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1555978310
Paperback $10.79

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‘If This Is the Age We End Discovery’ by Rosebud Ben-Oni

A fascinating blend of poetry and science, Ben-Oni’s poems are precisely crafted, like a surgeon sewing a complicated stitch, moving through the multiverses of family, religion and discovery itself.

The book culminates in an ancient Jewish Idea about “Efes,” which is Modern Hebrew for “zero” but also in mystical texts, means “nullification” and “concealment.”

Ultimately, Efes becomes a process of transformation for the speaker, revealing as well that the closer humanity gets to understanding this mysterious force, it inevitably changes the riddle– and us along with it.

 

Rosebud Ben-Oni

is the winner of the 2019 Alice James Award for If This Is the Age We End Discovery, forthcoming in 2021, and the author of turn around, BRXGHT XYXS (Get Fresh Books, 2019).

She is a recipient of fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) and CantoMundo. Her work appears in POETRY, The American Poetry Review, POETS.org, The Poetry Review (UK), Tin House, Guernica, Black Warrior Review, Prairie Schooner, Electric Literature, TriQuarterly, Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Journal ,Hunger Mountain, The Adroit Journal, The Southeast Review, North American Review, Salamander, Poetry Northwest, among others.

Her poem “Poet Wrestling with Angels in the Dark” was commissioned by the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York City, and published by The Kenyon Review Online. Rosebud Ben-Oni writes for The Kenyon Review blog. She is currently editing a special chemistry poetry portfolio for Pleiades, and is finishing a series called The Atomic Sonnets, in honor of the Periodic Table’s 150th Birthday. Find her at 7TrainLove.org

If This Is the Age We End Discovery
by Rosebud Ben-Oni
Publisher: ‎ Alice James Books (March 9, 2021)
Language: ‎ English
Poetry
Paperback: ‎ 100 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1948579154
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1948579155
$14.89

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Gustave Roud: ‘Air of Solitude’ followed by ‘Requiem’

Gustave Roud, perhaps the most beloved poet of Swiss Romandy, is widely considered the founder of modern francophone Swiss literature, along with Charles-Ferdinand Ramuz.

Roud lived at his grandfather’s farm in Carrouge, Canton Vaud, for his entire life. In Air of Solitude, the first section of this two-part book, he stalks the structures and fields of his youth, composing memories out of his landscape.

The narrator appears homegrown, expressing nostalgia for what is already in front of him. Yet, like an outsider, he remains distinctly elsewhere, unable to participate in the workday rituals of the men around him—a stalking shadow of unfulfilled yearning for affection and belonging. Air of Solitude explores the rural bodies and lives of the Vaudois, returning again and again to the desired male laborer Aimé.

Between each section of Air of Solitude, Roud inserts short vignettes that provide fleeting and lyrical images that resemble allusions to half-forgotten memories. However, Roud leaves the relationship between the titled sections and the interludes ambiguous.

As the book concludes with Requiem, the remnants of narrative shatter, leaving behind only the spectral tatters of memory as Roud confronts the enigma of loss in peerless, jewel-studded elegiac prose. With these two tales, Roud revives the pastoral tradition and injects it with distinctly modernist anxiety and disillusionment.

‘Gustave Roud made all of French-speaking Switzerland dream poetically upon itself, the land that welcomed European Romanticism from Rousseau to Byron, from Lamartine to Shelley. His poetry could seem idyllic, sustained by an ethereal figure of constantly conflicted desires (more or less unspeakable, always displayed), and a moral, sacrificial figure inspired, above all, by Novalis and Hölderlin.’—Antonio Rodriguez, University of Lausanne

Gustave Roud (1897–1976) was a major Swiss poet and photographer whose neoromantic poetic prose influenced a generation of poets including Maurice Chappaz and Philippe Jaccottet. His works include Ecrits (1950) and Campagne perdue (1972). He also translated German writers including Rilke, Hölderlin and Novalis.

Gustave Roud
‘Air of Solitude’ Followed by ‘Requiem’
Translated by Alexander Dickow and Sean T. Reynolds
ISBN: 9780857426871
Pages: 172
Rights: UCP
Publication Year: 2020
Format: Hardback
Size: 5″ x 8″
Publisher: Seagull Books
£16.99

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