Charms Against Lightning

ISBN-10: 1556593872
ISBN-13: 9781556593871
Edition: 2012
Authors: James Arthur
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Description: "That feeling of becoming a new person in a different place, even if it's an illusion, is intoxicating to me, and always has been. I love writing about places, but only places where I don't belong."—James ArthurAwakening is the theme of this fiery  More...

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List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Copper Canyon Press
Publication date: 11/6/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 96
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.286
Language: English

"That feeling of becoming a new person in a different place, even if it's an illusion, is intoxicating to me, and always has been. I love writing about places, but only places where I don't belong."—James ArthurAwakening is the theme of this fiery debut about the "ghost world" of shadows and personae. A sense of history, politics, and place is an integrated and integral part of the whole, alive with stirring accounts of travel, intimate moments of solitude, and encounters with the ineffable. Romantic in spirit and contemporary in outlook, James Arthur writes exciting, rhythmical, elastic poems."Charms against Lightning"Against meningitis and poisoned milk,flash floods and heartwreck, against daydreamsAgainst losing your fingers, drinking detergent,earthquakes, baldness, divorce, againstfalling in love with a childAgainst lupus and lawsuits, lying stranded between nations,against secrets and frostbite, the burring of trainsthat never arriveAgainst songlessness, your mother's depression,the death of the cedars, Siberian craneAgainst these talismans against lightning;the shutters swing, and clack their yellow teeth;the deep sky welters and the windows quiverJames Arthur's poems have appeared inThe New Yorker,The New Republic,Poetry, andNarrative. Born in New Haven, Connecticut, and raised in Toronto, Ontario, he earned degrees from the University of Toronto, the University of New Brunswick, and the University of Washington. He is a recent recipient of the Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University and lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

Editor of thenbsp;British Journal of Educational Studies. He has written widely on the relationship between theory and practice in education, particularly the links between communitarianism, social virtues, citizenship, religion and education.

Charms Against Lightning
The Kitchen Weeps Onion
Ghost Life
Utopia
Drying Out
Drinking Song
Vertigo
In Praise of Noise
At Klipsan Beach
The Death of the Painter
Vertigo
Independence
Omnivore
Tyrrhenian Sea
At the Protestant Cemetery
On Day and Night
Kiss
Song of the Doppelganger
In Defense of the Semicolon
Avocado
Fatherhood
Exoskeleton
Vertigo
Against Emptiness
In Praise of the Indeterminate
The Disconnected Man
Bucephalus, Charging
In a Parallel Universe
Poem from Behind a Gorilla Mask
Disintegration
The Sympathy of Angels
Sad Robots
Oysterville
Reed Ships
The Names of Flowers
Aspirations
Sprezzatura
Gooseberry
The Land of Nod
Distracted by an Ergonomic Bicycle
Swimming Pool
Daylight Savings
You Are the Canal Dividing a City
Epithalamium
Rapid Transit
Tropical Bats
Summer Song
About the Author
Acknowledgments

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