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The Not Forever (Paperback)
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The Not Forever (Paperback)

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Paperback 112 Pages / Published: 31/10/2013
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As the title of The Not Forever suggests, these poems take not only mortality, but also the impossibility of truly assessing mortality, as their endlessly inexplicable subject. Keith Waldrop's language is, by turns, wry, brazen, brilliant, humorous, sorrowful, and entirely unforgettable as he focuses upon all that cannot be absorbed by the logical mind's measure of aging and loss. Waldrop is a master at discerning what is recognizable within the "not" of our attention whether it is an attention to the future, the past, or to that instant we call the present, which is the most impossible to grasp. His canny meditations make the particulars of daily life shine with an uncanny brilliance as he assesses the quintessentially human inability to exact knowledge from the existence that we live, as well as from the inexistence that we each are veering toward. A major force in American avantgarde poetics for decades, Waldrop gives us an emotionally compelling, intellectually demanding articulation of what living in full awareness of the "not forever" means.

Publisher: Omnidawn Publishing
ISBN: 9781890650889
Number of pages: 112
Weight: 159 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 10 mm


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"Waldrop has been a leading figure in American avant-garde poetics for decades. This book finds him thinking about the objects and actions that compose everyday life and how those things point the way toward death." --"Publishers Weekly"
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This book finds him thinking about the objects and actions that compose everyday life and how those things point the way toward death. ... Waldrop strikingly comes to terms with the immediacy and frailty of these things, and by turns his own: "wait, creaky old/ elevator// lithe with/ gray-streaked hair, just/ around the corner."--Editors "Publishers Weekly" (8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM)
Part of the beauty of science is in the exploration of just how impossibly real and unreal the notion of "reality" actually is, ripping to shreds any idea of singular perspective or perception. Waldrop appears to grasp the pure mechanics of that simple, and complex idea, writing out multiple possibilities and even realities through the imperfect, and yet, often impossibly precise, machinery of language.--rob mclennan "rob mclennan's blog" (11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM)
The vigorous blend of sensation and abstract thought in these lines, coupled with the dissonant amalgam of imagery, generate an exquisite confusion, a domain of the imagination in which the apprehension of homelessness, of a decentered subjectivity flooded with ecstatic Being, finds expression in a language that is set in continual motion. The lines are brief, taut, tactile. They are set in space like stones in a creek to help with a crossing. The immediate impression is one of simplicity, but that is a deception. They're not quiet epiphanies of eastern poetry, a la Cid Corman, but the evocative propositions of a physicist working equations out with words rather than mathematical symbols. The sense of motion comes from the interplay of contrasts; it is a function of space and time free to turn in various directions.--John Olson "Tillalala Chronicles" (12/1/2013 12:00:00 AM)

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