Facts for Visitors

ISBN-10: 0520240448
ISBN-13: 9780520240445
Edition: 2004
List price: $26.95
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Description: Speaking in the wake of empire, of terrestrial love and of the collapse of traditional literary forms, the protagonist of this collection of poetry reconstructs a world from the language of encyclopedias, instruction manuals, and the literary  More...

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List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 4/19/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 80
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.242
Language: English

Speaking in the wake of empire, of terrestrial love and of the collapse of traditional literary forms, the protagonist of this collection of poetry reconstructs a world from the language of encyclopedias, instruction manuals, and the literary legacies of Wallace Stevens, W. G. Sebald, and Joseph Conrad. The prefatory lyric, "Burial Practice," imagines the posthumous narrative of "then's" that follows an individual's extinction; in the poem "Aria," a stagehand steps onto the floorboards to wax poetic after the curtain has dropped on an opera; and the extended sequence of "Circle" poems obliquely revisits Dante's ethical landscape of the afterlife. Many of these poems were written while Srikanth Reddy worked for a rural literacy program in the south of India, a fact reflected in the imagined postcolonial world of lyrics such as "Monsoon Eclogue" and "Thieves' Market." Yet the collection moves beyond the identity politics and ressentiment of postcolonial and Asian-American writings by addressing the fugitive dreams of shared experience in poems such as "Fundamentals of Esperanto." Mobilizing traditional literary forms such as terza rima and the villanelle while simultaneously exploring the poetics of prose and other "formless" modes,Facts for Visitorsre-negotiates the impasse between traditional and experimental approaches to writing in contemporary American poetry.

Born in San Francisco, Calif., Robert Hass received his undergraduate degree from St. Mary's College and his masters and Ph.D. from Stanford University. After graduating, Hass wrote his first collection of poetry, Field Guide, which went on to win the Yale Series of Younger Poets Award in 1973. Hass's second collection, Praise, won the Williams Carlos Williams Award in 1979. Selected by the Library of Congress as Poet Laureate of the United States in 1995-96, Hass has taught writing at the University of California at Berkeley since 1989. Hass has co-translated several volumes of poetry by Nobel Laureate and fellow colleague Czeslaw Milosz and is the editor of The Essential Haiku.

Burial Practice
Corruption Loose Strife with Apiary Hotel Lullaby First Circle Evening with Stars Second Circle Sundial Raven & Eclipse Centaur Sixth Circle Everything Eighth Circle
Thieves' Market Inner Life Jungle Book Ninth Circle
The Interpreter
Luck
Canisters
Home
The Planet Scarecrow Eclogue Fifth Circle Waiting for the Eclipse in the Black Garden Monsoon Eclogue
Fundamentals of Esperanto Fourth Circle Chariot with Torn Bodice Third Circle On Difficulty Welkin Seventh Circle Gryphon Acid House Sonnet Palinode Aria Corruption (II)
Notes
Acknowledgments

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