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Author Shapiro, Alan, 1952- author.

Title Against translation / Alan Shapiro
Published Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, [2019]
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Series Phoenix Poets
Contents One. Against translation -- Manhood -- Preposterous -- Cuban Missile Crisis -- Bystander -- Hurricanes -- Justice -- Photograph of Neo-Nazi march through Skokie, Illinois, 1977 -- Two. Ancestry -- Father -- Grounders -- Shoelaces -- Family -- Devotion -- Hands -- Geese -- Glamour -- Encore -- Three. Oracles -- First love -- Mirrors -- Grasshopper -- Puberty -- Gary -- Smell -- Infidelity -- After flossing -- Memory -- Neo-Platonic -- Late desire -- Countdown -- Letter to the cemetery owner -- Four. Turkey vulture -- Kindness -- Letter to Kathy -- Outcast -- Ambition -- Buddy -- Wheelies -- Keats -- Nonsense -- Teaching -- Words -- Patience -- Diaries
Summary We often ask ourselves what gets lost in translation--not just between languages, but in the everyday trade-offs between what we experience and what we are able to say about it. But the visionary poems of this collection invite us to consider: what is loss, in translation? Writing at the limits of language--where "the signs loosen, fray, and drift"--Alan Shapiro probes the startling complexity of how we confront absence and the ephemeral, the heartbreak of what once wasn't yet and now is no longer, of what (like racial prejudice and historical atrocity) is omnipresent and elusive. Through poems that are fine-grained and often quiet, Shapiro tells of subtle bereavements: a young boy is shamed for the first time for looking "girly"; an ailing old man struggles to visit his wife in a nursing home; or a woman dying of cancer watches her friends enjoy themselves in her absence. Throughout, this collection traverses rather than condemns the imperfect language of loss--moving against the current in the direction of the utterly ineffable
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Subject Autobiographical poetry.
Autobiographical poetry.
POETRY -- American -- General.
Genre/Form Autobiographical poetry.
Autobiographical poetry.
Prose poems.
Prose poems.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 022661364X