Surface Impressions: A Poem (Hardback)Stephen Sandy (other)
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A poem of eight parts, Stephen Sandy's Surface Impressions offers a stunning burst of -invention, capacious enough for its grand themes of ecology, religion, and mortality, yet intimate and flexible in its constantly vibrant voice. The narrator moves through a widening landscape from New England to the cosmos itself, ruminating on the relation between his obsolescent, Romantic love of nature and the emptying of the cup of wildness in our time.
American writers such as Melville, Poe, and Thoreau form a backdrop to the narrator's thoughts of his children growing up in a world of technological change foreign to their fatheraEURO"""this global shopping spree we're getting to be."" In addition, he considers faith as it pertains to religious belief in three generations: his own, his father's, and his children's.
Employing a rich verbal texture with a precision of imagery, Surface Impressions mirrors its narrator's tumbling consciousness as it gathers into verse the now and the long ago, the near and the far, the real and the simulated: ""My screen saver shows a tropic sea, / jellyfish flouncing, sea horse trotting""; ""out the window above the screen / growls no virtual deep but Melville's ocean, / the whale's path, sea of origin, of return.""
At once impudent and elegiac, ironic and dignified, the voice that carries readers through this brilliant poem moves freely between the antipodes of mind and universeaEURO"from the narrator's back porch to ""the cluster of galaxies my galaxy is sitting in""aEURO"observing, ""How clichA © / to acknowledge being infinitesimal in / a system that, in its own way, is infinitesimal! / Can't do it; nor can you."" Sandy triumphs in showing the significance, fragility, and unity of all life on earth.
Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
Number of pages: 96
Weight: 308 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 13 mm
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