Public Figures

ISBN-10: 0819573116

ISBN-13: 9780819573117

Edition: 2012

Authors: Jena Osman
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Description: Public Figures is an essay-poem with photographs and text that begins with a playful thought experiment: statues of people in public spaces have eyes, but what are they looking at? To answer that question, Jena Osman sets up a camera to track the gaze of a number of statues in Philadelphia--mostly 19th century military figures carrying weapons. How does their point of view differ from our own? And how does it compare, say, to the point of view of other watchful military figures, such as drone pilots? In this book, Osman combines the histories behind these statues with poetic narratives that ask us to think about our own relational positions, and how our own everyday gaze may be complicit with the gun-sights of war. Public Figures illustrates how history is transformed, and even erased, by monuments and other public records of events. Through poetry, those histories can be made visible again.

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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
Publication date: 9/26/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 92
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

JENA OSMAN'S books include An Essay in Asterisks and The Character. Her work has been translated into French, Swedish, and Serbo-Croatian. With Juliana Spahr (with whom she edited the literary magazine Chain for twelve years) she edits the ChainLinks Book Series. Osman teaches in the graduate Creative Writing Program at Temple University.

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