Augustine in Carthage, and Other Poems

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ECW Press, 2008 - Literary Criticism - 63 pages
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Augustine in Carthage, and Other Poems is the daring new collection of poetry from Alessandro Porco. Equally crude and charming, locker-room macho and sensitive, these poems are always singularly marked by formal ingenuity and stylistic elan. A poetry that gleefully articulates the possibilities of a 21st century balls-deep masculinity, Porco's new collections begins with its most important work, "Augustine in Carthage," a trans-historical re-imagining of Book III of St. Augustine's Confessions, which includes (among other things) philosophizing strippers, Tampico bombers, rabbit holes, coprology, and comic-book heroism. But for all its bombast "Augustine in Carthage" examines, quite seriously, ideas related to the experience of experience, the morality of poetry, and the hypocrisy of spiritual conversion. The book ends with an equally significant suite of depraved yet learned limericks: Porco's perverse star shines in this unprecedented contribution to Canadian letters, exploring myriad filthy matters of heart. Augustine in Carthage, and Other Poems also includes translations of Italian poetry, re-mixes of classic English poems, performance pieces, tender love poems, and ' if you would believe ' even a short pornographic novel. Reminding readers that through Tradition the strange and new emerges, this is a deeply-felt and original collection, a work that understands (as its epigraph, in the words of Diderot, insists) "there is a bit of testicle at the bottom of our most sublime feelings and our purest tenderness."
 

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Contents

Augustine in Carthage
After Dino Campana
Hieronymus Tugnutt in Love
Just Passing Through
On Postmodernity
Bob Alan Deal
After Giuseppe Ungaretti
PoemThe AVN Remix
Chuck Neidermans To His Coy MistressThe Necessary Roughness Remix
The Minutes
Mottetti
After Salvatore Quasimodo
Atechnical Synthetic Futurist Theatre for Nine Voices for Performance on MTV The Laguna Beach Remix
After JeanBaptiste Chassignet 1594
We So Seldom Look on Nantucket I XXI
Acknowledgements

If Theyve Compared You
Shes All That

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About the author (2008)

Alessandro Porco is a poet, critic, and scholar. Currently at the State University of New York–Buffalo, he is working toward a dissertation on the subject of hip-hop poetics. His controversial first book of poetry is the Jill Kelly Poems. He lives in Buffalo, New York.

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