Oblivio Gate

ISBN-10: 0809328771
ISBN-13: 9780809328772
Edition: 2008
Authors: Sean Nevin
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Description: Suffused with lyrical grace and the language of loss, Sean Nevin'sOblivio Gateexplores the mental and emotional struggles of Solomon, a veteran battling the onslaught of Alzheimer's disease. Set against Solomon's memories of the Korean War, Nevin's  More...

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Book details

List price: $14.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press
Publication date: 11/11/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 96
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.330
Language: English

Suffused with lyrical grace and the language of loss, Sean Nevin'sOblivio Gateexplores the mental and emotional struggles of Solomon, a veteran battling the onslaught of Alzheimer's disease. Set against Solomon's memories of the Korean War, Nevin's poems draw us into an intimate view of a man's confusion as everything he knows slowly unravels around him, leaving him abandoned in the suddenly unfamiliar landscape of his own mind. Readers experience first- hand Solomon's dismay as he watches himself inexorably slip away from reality, fighting to hold on to the shreds of his identity. Intertwined with his perspective are the voices of loved ones and caregivers who can only watch helplessly as Solomon is ravaged by the illness. Also central to the collection are the figures of Aurora and Tithonus, the famously doomed couple of mythology whose own happiness was destroyed by the inevitability of age and the betrayal of the body. But if this evocative portrait of Alzheimer's disease is tragic, it is also at moments inspiring. Oblivio Gatereveals not only what is lost, but also what is found, what is pure, and even what is funny in our fleeting lives. Ultimately, Sean Nevin crafts an unforgettable collection of contemporary poetry that yields heartbreaking insight into memory, the mind, and an affliction that has left millions lost and looking for themselves.

Losing Solomon
Losing Solomon
Hippocampus
Thirty-Nine Years on the Job
Solomon's Tool Shed
Montclair Vespers
Walking Bees
Wildfire Triptych
What the Smoke Brings
Roof Dancer
Variations on Sleep
Fainting at My Grandfather's Funeral
Oblivio Gate
Oblivio Gate
Solomon's Palimpsest
Solomon's Palimpsest
Wisdom
Wisdom
The Gnome and I Catch Dawn
The Carpenter Bee
Self-Portrait as Tithonus
Self-Portrait as Aurora
The Incident
Sundowning
Again, the Gnome and I Catch Dawn
Alzheimer's
Heart of the Tyrant King
The Other Dream in Which He Is Weightless
Hinged Double Sonnet for the Luna Moths
Working and Singing
Elegy
September, North Fullerton Avenue
Self-Portraits from the Widow House
Self-Portraits from the Widow House
Self-Portrait as the Scavenger Gull
Self-Portrait as the Reluctant Survivor
Self-Portrait as the Emptied Closet
Self-Portrait as the Last Person Living
Self-Portrait as Scarecrow
Self-Portrait as Carrier of the Earth
Self-Portrait as a Walking Monument
Self-Portrait as One Who Sleeps through the Night
Self-Portrait as Disaster
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