This collection features translations from poets writing about places that are not home where they are exiles or tourists Sections on Paris New York Los Angeles trainsboats and imagined places My library purchased the first 75 titles from Open Letter Press so I ve been saving the poetry titles for this monthSome favorite momentsJorge Carrera Andrade comparing the eiffel tower to a llamaThe Dawn by Federico Garcia LorcaDawn in New York hasfour columns of mireand a hurricane of black pigeonssplashing in the putrid watersThe epigram Stay by Ingeborg BachmannNow the journey is endingthe wind is losing heartInto your hands it s fallinga rickety house Of Cards If You Ask cards If you ask for what s here you et everything This is a very slim book and every page is alive I ordered it thanks to the Goodreads algorithm that tells us every month about new books by authors we ve reviewed On the theory that anything by Eliot Weinberger is worth reading a theory so far absolutely verified I read itThe idea of the book is fourteen manifestations of diversity instances of the collage of a poet pasted physically or mentally onto a specific unfamiliar landscape Sounds like nothing Any poem might claim the same But Weinberger has chosen well and strangely from several poets I ve never heard of as well as a uartet of favorites Lorca "Hikmet Pessoa and Villaurrutia the last of whom I only know Weinberger translated a collection "Pessoa and Villaurrutia the last of whom I only know because Weinberger a collection him back in 1992 and I was lucky enough to discover itI could happily uote from every poem lines from Lorca s dystopian dawn in NYC after the 1929 crash or Villaurrutia s erotic dream heavy nocturne about the lost angels of Los Angeles Or N zim Hikmet s Things I Didn t Know I LovedI never knew I liked the night pitch blacksparks fly from the engineI didn t know I loved sparksOr the delicate poem about drinking a lass of water by Toriko Takarabe that contains the unaccountable lineBut when the water passes down my throatI wouldn t think of a Mongolian man following his sheepWeinberger s brief notes at the end of each poem are stuffed with surprise Who knew about the new Nicaraguan vanguard of which the 15 year old poet Joau n Pasos was a member or that there is a book to be written about the network of. “In a century of mass migration and deportation political exile and casual tourism being elsewhere was the common condition For the moderns elsewhere was not merely physical location or dislocation but was intrinsic to the work Victor Segalen in China at the beginning of the century writes of the ‘manifestation of Diversity’ a ‘spectacle of Difference’ everything that is ‘foreign strange unexpected surprising mysterious amorous superhuman heroic and ev.
Eliot Weinberger ✓ 6 Free downloadEse and an Andean Better yet each poem is followed by a brief biographical note about the poet and if he was affiliated with a particular school of poetry Only uestionwhy no women Other than the ender issue this collection is a The New Song: For the Sunday School, Societies of Christian Endeavor, and Other Religious Exercises (Classic Reprint) gem Theeneral theme of Elsewhere is one of poetry gender issue this collection is a Riding Hard gem Theeneral theme of Elsewhere is one of poetry travel and being a displaced poet stranger in a strange land type stuff I m way behind on my poetry reading and not nearly as educated in poetry as
I Am In Fiction Whenam in fiction When read a collection of poems I can appreciate the art and the imagery the turns of phrase and cunning language but as I whole I feel unable to Arabian Challenge give a thick definition on what isood and not ood I do not know the different schools of thought the different eras of poetry and how some phases have faded and some have survived or been revived I just know what rips me and makes me want to reread reread reread aloud to friends lovers and family Those are the poems that must be doing something right This short collection is cut into six parts each part with one to three poems that exemplify the theme without Der Verlorene Koffer: A Graded Reader for Beginning Students giving anything away I will focus on the one poem in the entire collection that really sticks out Things I Didn t Know I Loved by Nazim Hikmet is a poem about travelling by train and a train of memories and feelings well up Written a year before his death it is areat reflection on things that Hikmet did not realize that he missed and loved This string of memories and regrets makes for emotions to well up and a choice to either blow them off or thinks about the things I the reader need to reflect on as well I enjoyed this collection even though I don t know "much about poetry and my biggest complaint is that it is so short Clocking in "about poetry and my biggest complaint is that it is so short Clocking in under 100 very sparse pages it feels like there could have been to this a broader spectrum or examples As it is Elsewhere is a collection that will be reread periodically There were several interesting poems others not so much Favorites Cathedral in the Thrashing Rain and Eiffel Tower Things I Didn t Know I Loved and At the Wheel of the Chevrolet on the Road to Sintra written in 1928 I liked Stay best probably because it was straight forward as well as the last poem in the book It s all on the bloghttpsunklethanwordpresscom2016. E are a few instances of the collage of a poet pasted physically or mentally onto a specific unfamiliar landscape”So begins Eliot Weinberger’s essayistic travels into the nature of “journey” poetry From Kōtarō Takamura's poem about Paris to Fernando Pessoa’s “At the wheel of the Chevrolet on the road to Sintra” to Apollinaire’s “Ocean Letter” Weinberger introduces fourteen poems illustrating the contemporary situation of being “elsewhere”. Poets that once existed across the African diaspora from the 1920s to the 1970s embracing such movements as Negritude and Black Nationalism Plus there s a 15th poem hidden in these notes by the supposed screenwriter Charles Reznikoff who spent two years in the 1930s watching the flies on his desk This one s from a seuence called Autobiography HollywoodIt has been raining for three daysThe faces of the ILLERAMMA Kathalu giantson the bill boardsstill smilebut theilt has been washed from the skywe see the iron world An excellent anthology of poets musing on countries they are foreign to Includes works by Huidobro Pessoa Lorca Senghor Brecht and Nazim Hikmet my favorite poem in the book My one complaint I wish it were twice as long DISCLAIMER I am the publisher of the book and thus spent approximately two years reading and editing and working on it So take my review with a rain of salt or the understanding that I am deeply invested in this text and know it uite well Also I would really appreciate it if y thanks to a oodread iveaway I received this sparse and in my opinion well chosen anthology of some major poets I wouldn t consider this an entre like an opportunity to enjoy friends you already know perhaps some of their works you did not a slim anthology elsewhere edited by poet essayist and translator eliot weinberger paz some of their works you did not a slim anthology elsewhere edited by poet essayist and translator eliot weinberger paz et al collects fourteen disparate poems of a poet pasted physically or mentally onto a specific unfamiliar landscape included are the likes of huidobro arc a lorca pessoa Brecht Hikmet Apollinaire Amongst hikmet apollinaire amongst split into six parts the collection features three poems about paris a pair each about new york los angeles and trains cars four about imaginary countries and a single poem serving as a coda thematically elsewhere is an intriguing assemblage of works but perhaps not the best introduction to any of the included poetsthe dawn excerpt by federico arc a lorcathe light is buried under chains and "clangorthreatened openly by rootless sciencethere are people staggering sleepless through the "openly by rootless sciencethere are people staggering sleepless through the though they ve just escaped a shipwreck of blood Fantastic A book of poetry by poets from around the world all of which are written about being elsewhere Poems about Paris by a Chilean a Japan. En divine everything that is Other’ Picasso put it bluntly ‘Strangeness is what we wanted to make people think about because we were uite aware that our world was becoming very strange’ After Guillaume Apollinaire’s ‘Zone’ perhaps the most influential poem of the century collage the juxtaposition of disparate elements the manifestation of diversity the making of the strange became the primary new form of the new poetry“From the countless examples her.