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Traveling in Notions : The Stories of Gordon Penn - Michael J. Rosen

Traveling in Notions

The Stories of Gordon Penn

Paperback Published: 1st November 1996
ISBN: 9781570031571
Number Of Pages: 122

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In Traveling in Notions Michael J. Rosen creates a novel in poems, a questing contemplation, an alter ego Gordon Penn who holds to hopefulness amid circumstances that will have none of it. Penn is a widower, a soon-to-retire notions salesman, a Midwestern family man whom Rosen describes as akin to characters found in John Cheever's or John Updike's tales or to Italo Calvino's Marcovaldo. Each poem in the collection relates another episode in Penn's ongoing confrontation with contemporary society. Penn's "notions" are attempts at discovering some homeostasis, some sense of home, or, at least, some hope amid the static of a time-management consultant's radio broadcast, the months' accumulation of charitable letters, and the captivities of zoos, bodies, aging, and loneliness. His unorthodox contemplations extend beyond meditation toward mediation, toward some means by which a person might settle oneself in the unsettled circumstances that he or she can neither welcome nor wage against alone.

A Note on Michael J. Rosen
Penn's Orchardp. 1
Traveling in Notionsp. 3
Voting at His Old Elementaryp. 5
Catching Himself Awarep. 7
Penn Tries Another Cryptoquotep. 9
The Golden Goatp. 11
The Measure of Lifep. 14
Penn's Abacusp. 20
Penn's Relationsp. 21
Penn Consults the Magic Eight Ballp. 26
Penn Concedes His Territoriesp. 30
Guardianp. 39
Expressions in Cementp. 42
Watercolorsp. 44
The Least That Penn Can Dop. 46
What Penn Overhears at the Health Clubp. 49
A Story of Gordon and Sylvie, with Accompanimentsp. 51
Penn's Would-Be 35th Anniversaryp. 62
A Sudden Upsetp. 64
A Tough Act to Followp. 66
"Gordon Penn Is A Winner!"p. 68
Standing His Groundp. 82
Penn's Rescuep. 84
Penn, the Archivistp. 91
Penn's Findings (However Inconclusive)p. 94
Penn Goes the Distancep. 96
Penn's Acceptance Speechp. 101
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ISBN: 9781570031571
ISBN-10: 1570031576
Series: James Dickey Contemporary Poetry Series
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 122
Published: 1st November 1996
Publisher: University of South Carolina Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 13.97  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.18

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