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The Missing Occasion of Saying Yes (edition 2007)
The Missing Occasion of Saying Yes by Benjamin Friedlander
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Poetry. "Benjamin Friedlander speaks with ungainsayable clarity of what we had thought to forget"—Robert Creeley. "Is melancholy good? I think Ben Friedlander has the moodiest ear for it in the field, and wit to match. Where he takes this immodest gift is to a tangled interstice where idiom intersects with the body's fault lines. Uncannily the reader has almost had these thoughts. The attraction feels sideways, vertiginous. We receive, with these poems, the shapeliness of tact. Then suddenly he shows us the tax we pay to Rome"—Lisa Robertson. "As a poet, scholar, editor, and translator, Benjamin Friedlander has dedicated more than half a lifetime to rigorously engaging with the concepts and practices of contemporary poetry, and this much-wished-for book provides a beginning survey of that commitment. Gathered here are poems from the first ten years of his wide-ranging, critically probing, and intellectually ambitious poetic project. This book will amaze, defy, and remind again how not to be made complacent by what poetry offers"—Alan Gilbert.
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)811 — Literature English (North America) American poetry
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