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Author Balakian, Peter, 1951- author.

Title No sign / Peter Balakian
Published Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2022


Description 1 online resource (pages cm.)
Series Phoenix poets
Phoenix poets.
Contents One. History, Bitterness; Tung Lai Shun; Ode to the douduk; Waiting for a number; Summer ode; Yellow lilies; Outside Arshile Gorky's studio; Revenant love; Watching the tulips die; Purple irises; Shadow grid; How much I love you -- Two. Eggplant; Quince; Bulgur; Pomegranate; Matza; Fig; Walnut; Apricot; Grape leaves; Tomatoes; Okra; Zucchini -- Three. No sign -- Four. Stalled in traffic; Head of Anahit/British Museum; Coming to Istanbul; Leaving the big city; Walking the ruined city
Summary "Peter Balakian's "No Sign," the centerpiece of this book, is the third multi-sequenced long poem in a trilogy begun in "A-Train/Ziggurat/Elegy" (2010) and "Ozone Journal" (2015). The three poems follow a persona whose journey is informed by a series of experiences set in New York and the surrounding Jersey Cliffs from the 1970s to the present. In the mix of a dialogue between two lovers over decades, reminiscent of an eclogue updated via the film Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959), we see an evolution of kaleidoscopic memory-from the haunted history of the Armenian Genocide to the AIDS epidemic, to climate change and the erosion of the planet-that gives the trilogy a unique historical power and psychological depth. The poems in the trilogy are defined by inventive collage-like fragmentation and elliptical, granular language. In the tradition of the American long poem from Walt Whitman and Hart Crane to Charles Olson, Balakian has created something new, what one critic has called, "a panoramic work of contemporary witness...of an unprecedented magnitude of violence and dissociation, as well as transcendent vision." Balakian rounds out this new collection with his signature lyrics and narrative poems, where seemingly minor, personal moments in one life expand into the vastness of our messy, shared history"-- Provided by publisher
Notes Description based on print version record.
Subject American poetry -- 21st century.
POETRY / General.
American poetry
Genre/Form poetry.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780226784106