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1. Anybody : poems [2016]

ix, 95 pages ; 22 cm
  • Some kind of we
  • At any given moment
  • Narrative
  • Wilder,
  • On pockets
  • Giant snowballs
  • Who you're about to be
  • Grandchild
  • An arrow
  • Solve for x
  • Close
  • One possible reading among many
  • Villagers
  • Morphology
  • Double mastectomy
  • The flattened grass that holds your shape
  • The men
  • Being with you makes me think about
  • Exquisite corpse
  • The feeling
  • Prairie restoration project
  • To the god of sobriety
  • Handshake
  • A sunset
  • Your wild domesticated inner life
  • Where we sit watching
  • Wedding
  • Enough
  • Who is ghost
  • A version
  • Aren't we
  • Gay bars
  • Hog
  • Bouquet
  • Find love in Brooklyn now!
  • The hole
  • Still here
  • Authentic city
  • Volley
  • Horizontal
  • Recognition is the misrecognition you can bear
  • Various attentions all landing like birds into the same tree and thrilling there some minutes at dusk
  • Dot dot dot
  • No more birds.
In Anybody, Ari Banias takes up questions of recognition and belonging: how boundaries are drawn and managed, the ways he and she, us and them, here and elsewhere are kept separate, and at what cost identities and selves are forged. Moving through iconic and imagined landscapes, Anybody confronts the strangeness of being alive and of being a restlessly gendered, queer, emotive body. Wherever the poet turns-the cruising spaces of Fire Island, a city lake, a Greek island, a bodega-turned-coffee-shop-he finds the charge of boundedness and signification, the implications of what it means to be a this instead of a that. Witty, tender, and original, these poems pierce the constructs that define our lives.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780393247794 20161024
Green Library
ENGLISH-192-01, ENGLISH-92-02
vii, 64 p. ; 23 cm.
Green Library

3. Poems, 1962-2012 [2012]

xvii, 634 p. ; 24 cm.
  • Firstborn (1968)
  • The house on marshland (1975)
  • Descending figure (1980)
  • The triumph of Achilles (1985)
  • Ararat (1990)
  • The wild iris (1992)
  • Meadowlands (1996)
  • Vita nova (1999)
  • The seven ages (2001)
  • Averno (2006)
  • A village life (2009)
Green Library
75 p. ; 23 cm.
Green Library
xii, 123 p. ; 23 cm.
Poetry, argues James Longenbach, is its own best enemy. Examining a wide array of poets, from Callimachus to Louise Gluck, he explains that the resistance to poetry is, quite specifically, the wonder of poetry. Poems do convey knowledge, he suggests, but they do so in forms that continually work against their being facile vehicles for its efficient transmission. In fact, this self-resistance is the source of the reader's pleasure: we read poetry not to escape difficulty but to embrace it. Longenbach makes his case through a sustained engagement with the language of poems. Each chapter brings a fresh perspective to a crucial aspect of poetry (line, syntax, figurative language, voice, disjunction), showing that the power of language depends less on meaning than on the way in which it means - on the temporal process we negotiate in the act of reading or writing a poem. A graceful and skilled study, "The Resistance to Poetry" comes at a crucial time - a time when many people are trying to mold and market poetry into something it is not.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780226492490 20160528
Green Library
121 p. ; 22 cm.
Green Library