Cenotaph (Paperback)Brock Jones (author)
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These are war poems, but also love poems and hate poems, poems about dying and living, poems about hope and hopelessness. These are poems that beautifully reflect Jones's resignation to and rejection of the impossibility of saying anything definitive or honest about war.
These are poems that strive to do what poet Bruce Weigl described as the poet's job: to find "some kind of miraculous way that if you work hard enough to get the words right, that which you call `horrific and wrong' is defeated." Cenotaph is a poet doing the poet's work: trying, hoping to get the words right.
Publisher: University of Arkansas Press
Number of pages: 65
Weight: 91 g
Dimensions: 215 x 144 x 10 mm
"Living in a country that appears to be continually involved in war on many fronts, readers will find in Brock Jones's Cenotaph a new way of thinking and feeling about the realities of combat. It is difficult to write war poetry because the subjects are pre-loaded with emotion, but Jones more than manages to render precisely the mess of war with tenderness and insight."
"In Cenotaph, images--blood, crushed glass, hands, the clarity of stars--are seen, turned, and seen again, they are spoken of, then re-spoken, as if this speaking might save something of a life, which it does, which it doesn't. Cenotaph sounds and resounds, struck through with brutal sunlight, and loving sunlight."
--Kate Northrop, author of Things Are Disappearing Here and Clean