Robert Wrigley's Anatomy of Melancholy PDF

By Robert Wrigley

ISBN-10: 110159263X

ISBN-13: 9781101592632

A robust new assortment from an award-winning poet Robert Wrigley has turn into one in every of his generation's such a lot complete poets, well known for his irony, strength, and lucid variety and for his skill to fuse narrative and lyrical impulses. Like its namesake—Robert Burton's seventeenth-century exam of human options and emotions—Wrigley's new assortment ability to envision our global in the course of the lens of melancholia. From imagined warfare memorials to insomniac chickens; from Descartes' misplaced daughter to a dreaming tree; from King Kong to hurry Limbaugh; and from Anna Karenina to a guy named Lucy Doolin (short for Lucifer), those are poems that elegize and rejoice that the majority appealing, exasperating, joyous, depressing, and completely imperfect of all creatures—the human being.

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We were allowed to choose. My sister, protectless now, and lost, picked Justice. I hear her hear here, sometimes, in the waves Just this, just this, the beach each day Levelled in the steady bevel of the tides, Its hall of mirrors. An old friend, in front of us At the all-night processing center, Whispered verdant to the guards. She must Live then with, for scenery, the names of trees and flowers  starsdown9'proofed2 7/10/07 9:57 AM Page 31 She’s never seen, garden overgrown with unknowing. Impossible to gauge the time it takes To pen these notes, with only the empty Amphitheater of the ocean, with only subtle Inflections to distinguish one thought From another, blue from green, gulls from pelicans, Where exactly and how the water becomes Symbol of a common, consanguinous solitude.

We were allowed to choose. My sister, protectless now, and lost, picked Justice. I hear her hear here, sometimes, in the waves Just this, just this, the beach each day Levelled in the steady bevel of the tides, Its hall of mirrors. An old friend, in front of us At the all-night processing center, Whispered verdant to the guards. She must Live then with, for scenery, the names of trees and flowers  starsdown9'proofed2 7/10/07 9:57 AM Page 31 She’s never seen, garden overgrown with unknowing. Impossible to gauge the time it takes To pen these notes, with only the empty Amphitheater of the ocean, with only subtle Inflections to distinguish one thought From another, blue from green, gulls from pelicans, Where exactly and how the water becomes Symbol of a common, consanguinous solitude.

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