- Pasta blanda: 80 páginas
- Editor: Able Muse Press (26 de junio de 2012)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 9780986533877
- ISBN-13: 978-0986533877
- ASIN: 0986533874
- Dimensiones del producto: 15.2 x 0.5 x 22.9 cm
- Peso del envío: 159 g
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Sailing to Babylon (Inglés) Pasta blanda – 26 jun 2012
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Sailing to Babylon is the first full-length collection from James Pollock. These are poems of exploration and discovery of the self and the universal. Closer to home, there is the schoolboy fascination with the English teacher; the grandmother's old Bible; a Dantean-style extended account of a hiking adventure with a young son, fully realized in terza rima. Further out in time and geography, Pollock muses on figures from Canadian history--explorers Henry Hudson, David Thompson, and John Franklin; pioneering literary theorist Northrop Frye; and pianist Glenn Gould. Each of these quests has accompanying trials or triumphs. This is a collection full of surprises and pleasures, with a treasure-chest mapped for discovery in "an image of the world/ made small enough to hold inside the mind." A book that has the power to take you "to the place/ exactly where you always meant to go."
PRAISE FOR SAILING TO BABYLON:
James Pollock is a poet of Northwest Passages, a learned Canadian poet with a splendid ear and a Romantic sensibility, a keen explorer of inner and outer states. Sailing to Babylon is not only a fully realized and accomplished work of art--it is also a noble book.
- Edward Hirsch
You will hear in these poems something like the jouncing and ruckus of a wilderness traveler adjusting the gear on his back, steeling his resolve, finding his footings and heading off. In the end Pollock's departures are an exploration of that inward Northwest Passage where the borderlines themselves between real and imagined, the present and the past, the found and the lost, seem almost to dissolve--passages, as Pollock says, "breaking up within"--and where, in this anthem of mixed voices, our wondering where home is becomes our wandering where home is. . . . I would almost prefer to be the reviewer, or some boastful exegete revealing to readers one hundred years from now some of the untold treasures that, its many readers notwithstanding, lie hidden here still.
- Jeffery Donaldson (from the "Foreword")
The metaphysics of the pause, the transition, the image: James Pollock has the Transtromer instinct, but he plays the music in his very own key. These are haunting, deeply digested, nearly always surprising poems.
- Sven Birkerts
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
James Pollock grew up in southern Ontario, Canada. He graduated summa cum laude with an Honors B.A. in English literature and creative writing from York University in Toronto, and earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in creative writing and literature from the University of Houston, where he held several fellowships in poetry. He was a John Woods Scholar in poetry at the Prague Summer Program at Charles University in Prague, and a work-study scholar in poetry at the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. His poems have been published in AGNI, The Paris Review, Poetry Daily, and more than a dozen other journals. His critical reviews have appeared in Contemporary Poetry Review, Books in Canada, The New Quarterly, and elsewhere, and a collection of his criticism, You Are Here: Essays on the Art of Poetry in Canada, is forthcoming from The Porcupine's Quill. He is an Associate Professor at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, where he teaches poetry in the creative writing program. He lives in Madison, Wisconsin.
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fascinating "Glenn Gould on the Telephone," we accept the voice of the persona as Gould, but we hear
the underlying sounds of Pollock's sympathetic and familiar voice. His narratives, some based on accounts
of explorers' experiences in wilderness and arctic wastes, some emerging from intimate and tightly focused
family memories ("Radio," "A Weekend in Vienna"), offer insights into the meaning of journey, of quest,
of travel as an art--the art of describing travel as universal human experience, whether moving out
away from home and the familiar (as in the two poems named "Northwest Passage") or seeking within
(as in the somewhat enigmatic "Ex Patria).
Pollock's volume culminates (and is masterfully summed up) in the beautiful narrative of a day
exploring the woods with his young son--"Quarry Park: Madison, Wisconsin"--written in a flexible
and entirely effective terza rima that sustains the movement of the poem while allowing the narrative
to stop for moments of insight and reflection as well as racing forward toward the next discovery.
To a great extent, these poems are about art--about the relation of art to the meanings and values
of human life; they are never art for art's sake, however, nor do they suggest (as some such poems
do) that art is all that is important. Quite the contrary, art is at the service of the quest for
meaning and relationships, for the affirmation of life. This is a volume that should be read,
and surely will reward many readings and re-readings.
The kind of poetry that can bring people back to reading poetry. As Jeffrey Donaldson says in the introduction, poems that will be read in 100 years. Be one of the first to discover.Sailing to Babylon - Poems