City Eclogue

ISBN-10: 1891190237

ISBN-13: 9781891190230

Edition: N/A

Authors: Ed Roberson

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Poetry. African American Studies. Ed Roberson might no longer live in Pittsburgh, but the city in which he was born and raised still leaves its fragmented structures etched throughout his poetry. A city of hard work and hard times, the now-impoverished neighborhoods that had at one time stood as centers of jazz and art; the hills, the rivers, the skyscraping iron and steel, and the pain. Though most of the poems in this collection do not necessarily take place in Pittsburgh, there is a rhythmic fragmentation here painting portraits of urban life in general. Beauty, music, poverty, blood, and concrete seem to live within the line breaks, while breath-stopping pauses halt you just long enough so that--like at a smoky backroom jazz club--you can't wait to see what he does next.
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List price: $12.95
Publisher: Atelos
Publication date: 1/30/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 136
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.75" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Ed Roberson is the author of eight books of poetry. He is the recipient of the Poetry Society of America's Shelley Memorial Award and the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Writers' Award, and his prior books have won the Iowa Poetry Prize and the National Poetry Series. Having retired from Rutgers University, Roberson currently lives in Chicago where he has taught at Columbia College Chicago, Northwestern University, and the University of Chicago.

Stand-in invocation
City eclogue : words for it
Sequoia Sempervirens
The distant stars as Paparazzi
As it crested the hill ...
Sit in what city we're in
Place lit by a window
Beauty's standing
The buildings stood ...
The flesh form of the city doesn't move ...
Oceans through the crosswalk dipping a step ...
That powerful level of segregationists ...
(Is ' im thux-ed fa we) ...
The quiet of the house evacuates into the street ...
We blink our eyes at any sudden noise ...
I'm awakened thinking of men running ...
On the other side of the idea ...
He woke in a fight for his life ...
Height and deep song
The open
In a flattened sea of housing brick rubble ...
In the waving Sargasso ...
A scrap of the skin bill ...
Standing strong
Urban nature
42nd street's tunnel
Open / back up! (breadth of field)
Monk's bird book
Painting from science for Hui Ka-Kwong
One in it's oldest body
Cowry she
A sampler
Smell of scratch
Simple as one two
Alpine glow in Magritte landscapes
Spontaneous supremacies
The "state as body" aspect of eunuch rule
The counsel of birds
Ideas gray suits bowler hats baal
When the mornin' come
Escape training : instructor's flying rappel
Not brought up
Someone reaching through a window
The slant away when the mind in thought
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