What's in Store: Poems, 2000-2007
Poetry. WHAT'S IN STORE is Trevor Joyce's first full-length book since the publication of his collected poems, with the first dream of the fire they hunt the cold (2001). For this volume, the author has shaped eight years' worth of work--individual poems, extended sequences, translations from the Irish, Chinese, and other languages--into a continuous booklength structure. These poems find Joyce reaching out towards a jarringly wide range of styles and voices, from the tart lyricism of his workings of European folksongs to the ferociously dense collage/inscription of "STILLSMAN." Brought together as a book, the poems take on further meanings: WHAT'S IN STORE is at once a Borgesian guide to the history, customs and scientific discourse of an unknown country, and an Oulipian textual machine, whose workings by turns terrify and exalt. "This is one of my favorite poets anywhere. His poems have the clear, austere and impersonal ring of great translations. They are archetypal, they are strange"--Fanny Howe.
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the change is radical and abrupt
From the Thesaurus Novus of Petrus de Palude
Anonymous Love Songs from the Irish
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he opened a volume
On the Island
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