Avenue of Vanishing: Poems (Hardback)
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Avenue of Vanishing: Poems (Hardback)

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Hardback 120 Pages / Published: 30/01/2008
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In lyric and narrative verse, William Olsen explores subcultures ranging from the suburban middle class to the urban drug culture to the art world, and along the way, constantly probes at the very nature of human language. Drawing surprising and illuminating connections between the political and historical, the prosaic and the personal, civilization and nature, these poems try to make sense of the individual's experience of time, memory, and society. The range of Olsen's images form an organic connection between the physical and the abstract and his hypnotic mixture of colloquial and eloquent language create a sound and music that are uniquely his own.

Publisher: Northwestern University Press
ISBN: 9780810151819
Number of pages: 120
Weight: 299 g
Dimensions: 216 x 165 x 15 mm


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Praise for William Olsen's Trouble Lights
"Ravishingly visual and evocatively metaphysical, Olsen's poems illuminate unity in the universe, wildness in the heart." --Booklist
"The imagistic richness of Olsen's third collection stands in contrast to its themes: the transitory nature of existence, the circumscribed potential of human thought, and endeavor within a world eroded by inevitability ("this conquered/ vision we were given"). Olsen's poems are interrogative, probing concepts of past, present, and future with fusillades of self-perpetuating, sometimes self-negating, questions." --Library Journal
[His] poems have a meditative breadth rare in much contemporary poetry. Olsen weaves heady contemplations of the nature of time and our human inabilities to grasp it, the redemption of memory and the relationship between the singular gaze and the collective 'other. --Beckian Fritz Goldberg, author of The Book of Accident

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