Publication Date: 01-Sep-04 | ISBN: 1844710734 | Trim Size: 216 x 140 mm | Extent: 140pp | Format: Paperback
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Periplum and other poems brings together Peter Gizzi’s celebrated and influential first book, out of print for nearly a decade, with 60 pages of early and uncollected work, including the long poem “Music for Films.” This new edition functions as a collected poems of Gizzi’s work from 1987 to 1992. John Ashbery hailed Gizzi as “the most exciting poet to come along in quite a while.” The vibrancy and immediacy of Gizzi’s poems constitute 21st-century lyricism at its best, a richly complex music engaged with the crucial questions of and around contemporary culture. Michael Boughn wrote in the Poetry Project Newsletter that “Periplum reveals and shatters an unspeakably fragile world … emerging with a new knowing, a knowing that matters, as in matters of life and death.” His poems achieve a delicate balance of emotional and intellectual richness and the sense of poetry itself as a primary ground of human experience.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
I. PERIPLUM; Song of the Interior Begin; Mahler’s 2nd; Mise en Scène; Periplum; The Locket; News at Eleven; Hierophant; The Creation; The Locket; Periplum II; Life Continues; Conceit; Song of the Comparative Night; The Locket; Periplum III; The Locket; Hubris; Song of a Lexicon; Periplum IV; Blue Peter; A.K.A.; Song of the Liver; The Locket; Periplum V; The Locket; Nocturne; Song: I Lost My Pail; Periplum VI; Despite Your Notices; Capital; Song of the Den; Deus ex Machina; Song of an Acute Angle; The Locket; Periplum VII (a valentine); A.K.A.; Hard as Ash; II. MUSIC FOR FILMS; Music for Films; III. OTHER POEMS; Hours of the Book; Nostos: Pro Patria; Thirty Sentences for No One; Psalm; Poem for John Wieners; Postcard: I Hear America Singing; Façades for Theron Ware; Often I am Allowed These Messages; Dear Jack; Asserted Abundance; Still Life with Automobile; A Speaking Part
PRAISE FOR THIS BOOK
“Periplum reveals and shatters an unspeakably fragile world … emerging with a new knowing, a knowing that matters, as in matters of life and death.” — Poetry Project Newsletter
“The reader must […] be alert, but give this book a couple of hours – the amount of time you might give the kind of art cinema it recalls (the middle section is titled “Music for Films”) – and Periplum's odd angles take satisfying shape.” —The Telegraph
“Peter Gizzi’s Periplum arises out of the same tradition as Frank O’Hara’s: suffused in irony, creating odd juxtapositions, alternatingly enigmatic and direct.” — San Fransisco Poetry Flash
“The beautiful fragile balance achieved here is simply amazing.” —To Magazine
“Never mind about the bewilderment. One should be more concerned with the acts of intelligence. Peter Gizzi’s poetry says this all the time. Not that one would (or could) paraphrase any of the poems as such, but that’s what the entire enterprise is based upon. That’s what one has to remember. We forget it, I think, at our peril.” —Litter Magazine
Peter Gizzi grew up in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. His poetry collections include Artificial Heart (Burning Deck, 1998) and Some Values of Landscape and Weather (Wesleyan, 2003). In 1994 he received the Lavan Younger Poets Award from the Academy of American Poets. He is also the editor of The House That Jack Built: The Collected Lectures of Jack Spicer (Wesleyan, 1998). He teaches at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.