Core Samples from the World

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Core Samples from the World

Core Samples from the World Forrest Gander s Core Samples from the World is a magnificent compendium of poetry photography and essay a form of Japanese haibun Collaborating with three acclaimed photographers Gander explores t

  • Title: Core Samples from the World
  • Author: Forrest Gander
  • ISBN: 9780811218870
  • Page: 204
  • Format: Paperback
  • Forrest Gander s Core Samples from the World is a magnificent compendium of poetry, photography, and essay a form of Japanese haibun Collaborating with three acclaimed photographers, Gander explores tensions between the familiar and foreign His eloquent new work voices an ethical concern for others, exploring empathic relations in which the world itself is fundamental.Forrest Gander s Core Samples from the World is a magnificent compendium of poetry, photography, and essay a form of Japanese haibun Collaborating with three acclaimed photographers, Gander explores tensions between the familiar and foreign His eloquent new work voices an ethical concern for others, exploring empathic relations in which the world itself is fundamental Taking us around the globe to China, Mexico, Bosnia Herzegovina, and Chile, Core Samples shows how Gander s sharp sense of place has made him the most earthly of our avant garde, the best geographer of fleshly sites since Olson Donald Revell,The Colorado Review.

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    1. Gabriel Congdon on said:

      HOLY CRAP! This is one of the best damn poetry books I've read in hot minute!Truth be told, I've been on a cold streak in the matter of poe-try (Stephen Dunn's blurbs have become suspect. Kirby's blurbs are still spot on ((expect one)) KIR-BY! KIR-BY KIR-BY!) I thought maybe It & I were washed up, through.Then I gandered this Gander. It's just, different, it's not my loafty philosophical hi-jazz I love, nor the domestic paper-matche jewels I adorn. It's like, different. They're all over the [...]

    2. Paula on said:

      The book is organized as 4 series of three poems/writings. The first of each group is an "Evaporation" poem, lineated, dedicated & lyrical. Intimate. There is always a "she."The second piece in each series is a photo essay-poem, a collaboration with a photographer & the black & white photos are almost uniformly stellar. These are in various poetic forms. Non specific locations or not AS specific as the locales in the third section of each group. These poems are "revealed always in si [...]

    3. A.M. on said:

      While I am glad I read Core Samples from the World for its artistic merit, I cannot say I was necessarily moved or even inspired by this collection of poetry. The book is divided into four parts, each with the same stylistic pattern:"Evaporation" - very fragmented, like pieces of an overheard conversationPhotographic Poems - this is my term for poetry set to amazing black and white photographsHaibuns - a literary form that originated in Japan and combines prose and haikuThe four "Evaporation" pi [...]

    4. Liam on said:

      Gander's collection typifies modern poetry. Most of the pieces more resemble essays of his own travels. Perhaps attempting to make us feel along with him, he interposes a lot of foreign words and phrases. After reading this I absolutely carry no interest in visiting the places he did. I am simply not that adventurous. The photographs add a great deal to the collection. At time it seems he bases the poems off the photos.I enjoy his ability to take us to Bosnia, remote parts of China and Chile and [...]

    5. Ken Hada on said:

      Another elegant reminder of the deeper issues of our world are unique and often overlooked, but also how similar the human spirit really is. I recommend this.

    6. Janine on said:

      Such a beautiful poet--I picked this up out of geeky interest in antropology and walked away enlightened by the glory of his phrasing and words. Sigh.

    7. dr_schiele on said:

      Given the field of finalists, this should have won the Pulitzer Prize hands down.

    8. Mari on said:

      This book of poems can function as a sort of nuanced tourism: Gander takes us with him on his travels, delving into the dichotomy between the foreign and the familiar. Given the global nature of our times, I found his book to be engaging and revealing, though I don't know that I'll necessarily want to revisit it.His collection is though-provoking and beautiful; it sometimes feels as though its an athropological-poetic take of cultural difference and sameness, and discovery of the self. His langu [...]

    9. Matt on said:

      A book of four more or less travel essays, or at least long prose patches about travels to places-- China, Bosnia, Chile, etc. And as such, the stories Gander brings back from those places are funny and strange and worth reading. There are poems and photographs as well-- the poems are often fractured in ways I found really exciting. I'd gladly read a book of those, as well.I liked this, even though it's not quite what I was looking for.

    10. Ryan on said:

      Poems, photos, and essays. Like a travelogue. I find that one rarely cares deeply about the travels of others, so it takes an exceptional writer to make these personal experiences compelling to others. I didn't find Gander's work interesting to read so much as I found that I'd consider using this approach in my own travels. I suspect that if he were to give a talk and read from this book, it would be pretty awesome.

    11. Reed on said:

      This collection of eco-poetry exposed me to an entirely new genre that combines poetry, geography, ecology, Japanese style verse, photography, & travel log. Several months after reading it, I still think about the images and content. Sent me to Google to learn about some of the content, including art. Be aware: not all of the writing is readily understandable.

    12. Amanda Moore on said:

      I found the haibun in particular gripping--his use of the form is fantastic.

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