Language Death Night Outside: Poem.Novel


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Poetry. Fiction. Cross-Genre. An "I" between languages. A text between genres. The Austrian grandfather's death triggers an examination of the past, of history, identity, consciousness. Three poems (by Zanzotto, Celan, Rakosi) and three philosophers (Descartes, Leibniz, Mach) become touchstones for the narrator in his attempt to find a language that is impersonal even while saying "I." A life is created through precise particulars in short, anaphoric sentences--with an effect both staccato and hypnotic. But the effort ...

Language Death Night Outside: Poem.Novel 2009, Burning Deck

ISBN-13: 9781886224995

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