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Enola Gay : New California Poetry, 2 - Mark Levine

Enola Gay

New California Poetry, 2

Paperback Published: 11th April 2000
ISBN: 9780520222601
Number Of Pages: 79

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Some devastation has struck the soul and the Earth alike, and in "Enola Gay," his second volume of poems, Mark Levine surveys the disaster. Here is a volume of poetry approaching Carolyn Forche's "The Angel of" "History" as a stark meditation on Blanchot's sense of writing as the "desired, undesired torment which endures everything."
Levine engages the traditional resources of lyric poetry in an exploration of historical and cultural landscapes ravaged by imponderable events. "Enola Gay'"s "mission" can seem spiritual, imaginative, and militaristic as the speaker in these poems surveys marshes and fields and a land on the edge of disintegration. Levine sifts the psychological residue that accumulates in the wake of unspeakable acts and so negotiates that terrain between the banality of language and the need to stand witness and to speak.
Levine's stunning second book, with its grave cultural implications and its surveillance of a distinctly postmodern malaise, offers multiple readings. Here are compact poems with uncanny power, rhythm, and a strange, formal beauty echoing and renewing the legacy of Wallace Stevens for a new era.

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"Reading Mark Levine's Enola Gay is a near-religious experience... You could read contemporary American poetry for many years and not come across a work as distinctive as this." -- Seth Abramson Huffington Post

Then for the Seventh Night
Eclipse, Eclipse
Susan Fowler
Jack and Jill
Counting the Forests
The Response
My Friend
A Harvest
Two Springs
Island Life
Riddles of Flight
Enola Gay
The Holy Pail
John Keats
Unlike Graham
Winter Occasional
How Pleasant to Know Mr. Lear
By Edward Lear
A Focus on the Elemental Oven (Six Moments)
New Song
Jean Cocteau
Moon Mistaken
Chimney Song
Light Years
The Fixed Wing
Elegy (Terence Freitas)
Wedding Day
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ISBN: 9780520222601
ISBN-10: 0520222601
Series: New California Poetry, 2
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 79
Published: 11th April 2000
Publisher: University of California Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 19.68 x 14.61  x 0.64
Weight (kg): 0.14

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