Archeophonics - Wesleyan Poetry Series (Paperback)
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Archeophonics - Wesleyan Poetry Series (Paperback)

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Paperback 108 Pages / Published: 14/11/2017
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Archeophonics is the first collection of new work from the poet Peter Gizzi in five years. Archeophonics, defined as the archeology of lost sound, is one way of understanding the role and the task of poetry: to recover the buried sounds and shapes of languages in the tradition of the art, and the multitude of private connections that lie undisclosed in one's emotional memory. The book takes seriously the opening epigraph by the late great James Schuyler: "poetry, like music, is not just song." It recognizes that the poem is not a decorative art object but a means of organizing the world, in the words of anthropologist Clifford Geertz, "into transient examples of shaped behavior." Archeophonics is a series of discrete poems that are linked by repeated phrases and words, and its themes and nothing less than joy, outrage, loss, transhistorical thought, and day-to-day life. It is a private book of public and civic concerns.

Publisher: University Press of New England
ISBN: 9780819577726
Number of pages: 108
Dimensions: 197 x 140 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"A trajectory runs through the whole from poems of despair and loss to those of revival as 'the old language/continues its dialogues/in ordinary dust.' The book directly raises questions of how one is to go about the writing of poetry given the collapse of language and the self."--Martha Ronk "The Constant Critic" (1/4/2017 12:00:00 AM)
"In his eighth collection, Gizzi continues his quest to renew lyricism ... his ear remains as appealing as ever, and his paratactic syntax still surprises line by line ... At their warmest, Gizzi's poems offer genuinely moving confrontations with mortality, history, and tradition."-- "Publishers Weekly" (1/1/2016 12:00:00 AM)
"Award-winning poet Gizzi here uses spare, focused language to reflect on language itself: its origins, structure, uses, and music ... reflecting how words are rooted deep down in our past. But language is complicated. Hence our need--and our difficulty--in separating appearance from reality, effluence from essence; the 'static lovely' of what we want to communicate must traverse 'a grubby transom.'"-- "Library Journal" (1/1/2016 12:00:00 AM)
"Archeophonics is perhaps Gizzi's most personal book; it is tender, lyric, strange, and chatty. He writes from a place of deep intimacy with loss, as if he has locked eyes with 'the fragility of the world and of being, ' as he described."--Amanda Petrusich "The New Yorker" (10/17/2016 12:00:00 AM)

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