Lines: no fire could burn

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Monacelli Press, 1999 - Architecture - 127 pages
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Architect and educator John Hejduk has devoted his life work to creating worlds, not only in his analytic architecture but in his mission to change the structure of architectural education. Hejduk has always accompanied all facets of his work with a haunting poetic narrative. He conceives for his projects a literary counterpoint or dramatic verbal discourse. In his books, he weaves together text and textured drawings, and he has conceived of his works as a cinematic repertory group of structures.

The seventy-three poems in Lines are a construction by an architect who seeks out the complex relationships of mother and son, of angels and their mysterious flights, of mental landscapes on the earth and in the sea; it is an entire book of idiosyncratic prayer, sustaining an almost unbearable tone of directness and suffering. These powerful religious poems offer strange combinations, where Jesus, Rodin, and Braque may coexist. Hejduk details the agony of consciousness itself in wild and concentrated stanzas, offering a kind of major mass for those who understand and have the power to voice affliction and the drive to transcend it in sacred music, bringing forth a new understanding of what it means to be human within the earthly substance and the celestial air. This book of courage and despair crowns Hejduk's life work.

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Contents

TO ABSORB THE SINS OF MAN
14
WILL THERE BE BLOOD
15
DIG INTO THE EARTH
16
ODOR OF HIS HAVOC
17
THE WEIGHTS OF HEARTS
18
NOT YET A WARNING
20
HELLS ANGEL BURNS
21
MAGNIFICENT NIGHT ANGEL
22
BRING TO OTHERS
25
FILLED WITH FLAME
25
A SHADOW FELL 28
25
FIRST LINE OF DAWN 29
25
A METAL FLOWER 30
25
NIGHT GARDEN 31
25
THE LAST SUPPER 32
25
THE UNEARTHLY WEIGHT 34
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ALL THIS BEFORE ME
23
THE RETURNING ANGEL
24
A LANDSCAPE 35
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