Totem

ISBN-10: 0977639533
ISBN-13: 9780977639533
Edition: N/A
Authors: Gregory Pardlo
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Book details

List price: $14.00
Publisher: American Poetry Review, The
Publication date: 9/1/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 96
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.352
Language: English

"Gregory Pardlo . . . wants to explore the druidic function of art, the works of jazz musicians, painters, poets, and others who live imaginatively, expand reality, and make imagination free."-Brenda Hillman, from the introduction Totem, winner of the APR/Honickman First Book Prize, is the debut of a poet who has been listening for decades. In his youth, Gregory Pardlo heard stories of factory hours and picket lines from his father; in the bars, clubs, and on the radio he listens to jazz and blues, the rhythms, beats, and aspirations of which all of which seep into his poems. A former Cave Canem fellow, Pardlo creates work that is deeply autobiographical, drifting between childhood and adult life. He speaks a language simultaneously urban and highbrow, seamlessly switching from art analysis to sneakers hung over the telephone lines. Deeply rooted in a blue-collar world, he produces snapshots of a life that is so specific it becomes universal. From "Vincent's Shoes": On the wall above my desk: a pen and ink affair which I copied from a print hanging in the sushi bar down the block: inflected necks of pedestrians on a bridge in the rain and here I hung the hightops from a power line. It was in me to do. I felt it in my gut the way Vincent might have felt the wheat fields and the smoking socket of the sun rattling, tweezed days late into the ear of an aluminum bowl Gregory Pardlo teaches at Medgar Evers College, The City University of New York, and lives in Brooklyn.

Gregory Pardlo's Totem
Landscape with intervention
Totem (Truong Chi)
Portrait of the artist as a child
Title it shotgun wound
Libretto
Vanitas, Mother's Day
Suburban noir
Atlantic City Sunday morning
Rolling thunder
Man reading in bed by a window with bugs
Vincent's shoes
Totem (sportin' life)
On emptying his house
Blank
Winter after the strike
Vanitas, Baltimore Avenue
Double Dutch
Oils
Family business
Chapel Avenue, rain effect
Suburban passional
Totem (El Cipitio)
Volume control
Dolphin charter, Cape May, NJ
The miniaturist
Vanitas, Camden Ferry
Private first class
Dolores
The future as evaporation
Antebellum
Soundtrack
Totem (Jasbo Brown)
Brown study
Arsonist
The notorious antagonisms of Robert "Bathtub" Collier
In Canal Street Station late
Vanitas, intersection
Suburban pastoral
Restoring O'Keeffe
Man reading in a family room after midnight

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