Publication Date: 01-Jul-03 | ISBN: 1844710033 | Trim Size: 216 x 140 mm | Extent: 108pp | Format: Paperback
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Structured as a series of poetic arguments, essays, and visions, Double Venus seeks a suitable language for reconciling various styles of commitment. The collection is especially concerned with facing the call to individual accountability in the context of industrialized patriarchy even as it is counting the manifold blessings of life in that context. Thus, expressions of indignation are always sewn here with desire, fellow-feeling, creature comfort, and the knowledge that the Good Life may still hold some sweetness, even if it must always also be a “work of worry.” Double Venus oscillates between more and less open formal strategies in an explicit effort to bring the lyric into conversation with other discourses dedicated to ethical practice. Likewise, the collection meditates on the place of ethics in territories traditionally thought to be the special province of the lyric – on the place of the lyric in territories traditionally thought to be the special province of ethics.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
National Hotel; I Arguments & Spurious Links; Democrack Pistols; [org – a mild version]; The Anatomy of Melancholy; Eyelash; Poem for Jim Thorpe; Passenger Pigeon; Firing the Arrow; Memoranda (cc: Self and Soul); Song for John Wesley; They Are as They Are; II Common Places; Common Places; III Essays and Visions; [log – a mild vision]; 1.0 – himself; 1.1 – walt; 1.0 – himself; 1.2 – a rube; 1.3 – w.c. bryant & ( a rube); 1.0 – himself; 1.4 – his will & his love:; Essay 1. A Day of Rest; Essay 2. A Day of Rest; Essay 3. A Day of Rest.; Essay 4. A Day of Rest; Essay 5. A Day of Rest; Trickster Hermeneutics; Time One; Stanza; Stanza ; Stanza; Blues Matrix :: War Time; Shipwreck of the Singular; IV Double Venus; [(0.38+0.333i) ecumenon]; [(0.27+0.57i) american man and woman, election year]; [(0.39+0.22i) a hero and a patriot]; Resistance in the Materials; [(-0.62+0.43i) jack spicer]; [(0.28+0.54i) trustee]; [(-0.36+0.62i) raymond williams]; Coffee County Breakdown; [(-0.62+0.43i) nomas]; [(-0.72+0.35i) sunday morning, facing westward]; Line Changes; [(-1.03-0.34i) in the swash]; [(xx+xxi) williams island]; [(-0.12+0.74i) anathanthema]; Lefthanded of Blooming Late; Romanticism; Rhyme (Occident); Eagle Mountain Breakdown; [(-0.5+0.56i) chang ming, july 1999]; [(-0.52-0.57i) summer: silhouette & continuum]
PRAISE FOR THIS BOOK
“Aaron McCollough knows that America and Thanatos are hiding something. His poetry uses all manner of devices, determined to find out what and where it is among concrete things and living creatures with their riotous emblems. And sings when a song is called for.” —
“In Double Venus, Aaron McCollough fulfills a promise with a continuity, completes an errand with a deeper errand. Here is the Crashaw of us, crowned in jessamine. Here is a metaphysics we can use, now and in all the hap ahead.” —
Aaron McCollough is the author of one previous poetry collection, Welkin, published by Ahsahta Press in 2002, winner of the first annual Sawtooth Prize in Poetry. Aaron McCollough lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan with Suzanne Chapman.