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A Carnage in the Lovetrees: Poems Richard Greenfield

A Carnage in the Lovetrees: Poems

Richard Greenfield

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ISBN : 9780520236219
Hardcover
72 pages
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Surely, all art is the result of ones having been in danger, of having gone through an experience all the way to the end, said Rilke. A Carnage in the Lovetrees begins at the moment the speaker reaches this realization. He resolves then to rebuildMoreSurely, all art is the result of ones having been in danger, of having gone through an experience all the way to the end, said Rilke. A Carnage in the Lovetrees begins at the moment the speaker reaches this realization. He resolves then to rebuild a world caught in the crosshairs of repeated annihilation, regrounding love as the only viable stratagem for survival. Richard Greenfield’s sequence of poems searches for a way to live in the aftermath of private trauma and public disaster. It represents a struggle to reconcile the historical with the present and to find a language that allows the speaker to endure past calamities. These relentless, acrobatic, and self-aware poems resist settling for easy solutions, or even closure, but instead push toward the difficult compromise of the livable.