The Eternal City: Poems

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The Eternal City: Poems

The Eternal City Poems Chosen by Pulitzer Prize winning poet Paul Muldoon to relaunch the prestigious Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets under his editorship The Eternal City revives Princeton s tradition of publishing

  • Title: The Eternal City: Poems
  • Author: Kathleen Graber
  • ISBN: 9780691146102
  • Page: 440
  • Format: Paperback
  • Chosen by Pulitzer Prize winning poet Paul Muldoon to relaunch the prestigious Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets under his editorship, The Eternal City revives Princeton s tradition of publishing some of today s best poetry.With an epigraph from Freud comparing the mind to a landscape in which all that ever was still persists, The Eternal City offers eloquent testimonChosen by Pulitzer Prize winning poet Paul Muldoon to relaunch the prestigious Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets under his editorship, The Eternal City revives Princeton s tradition of publishing some of today s best poetry.With an epigraph from Freud comparing the mind to a landscape in which all that ever was still persists, The Eternal City offers eloquent testimony to the struggle to make sense of the present through conversation with the past Questioning what it means to possess and to be possessed by objects and technologies, Kathleen Graber s collection brings together the elevated and the quotidian to make neighbors of Marcus Aurelius, Klaus Kinski, Walter Benjamin, and Johnny Depp Like Aeneas, who escapes Troy carrying his father on his back, the speaker of these intellectually and emotionally ambitious poems juggles the weight of private and public history as she is transformed from settled resident to pilgrim.______From The Eternal City WHAT I MEANT TO SAY Kathleen Graber In three weeks I will be gone Already my suitcase standsoverloaded at the door I ve packed, unpacked, repacked it, making it tell me again again what it couldn t hold.Some days it s easy to see the signifi cant insignificanceof everything, but today I wept all morning over the swollen, optimistic heart of my mother s favorite newscaster, which suddenly blew itself to stillness I have tried for weeksto predict the weather on the other side of the world I don t wantto be wet or overheated I ve taken out The Complete Shakespeare to make room for a slicker And I ve changed my mind put it back Soon no one will know what I mean when I speak.Last month, after graduation, a student stopped me just outsidethe University gates despite a downpour He wanted to tell methat he loved best James Schuyler s poem for Auden.So much to remember, he recited in the rain, as the shopsbegan to close their doors around us I thought he would livea long time He did not Then, a car loaded with his friendspulled up honking he hopped in There was no chance to linger talk Today I slipped into the bag between two shoes that bookwhich begins with a father digging even though my fatherwas no farmer planted ever only one myrtle late in his life sat in the yard all that summer watching it grow as he died, a green tank of oxygen suspirating behind him If the suitcasewere any larger, no one could lift it I m going away for a long time, but it may not be forever There are tragedies I haven t read.Kyle, bundle up You re right It s hard to say simply what is true.For Kyle Booten

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    1. Kevin Lawrence on said:

      What a pleasure to discover a still publishing poet whose poetry is so full of thoughtfulness as well as rich and complex sounds, and know that you will likely get another volume in the future to savor. This book is one of the best I’ve read in this century and it deserves a broad audience. Graber is a poet who can blend the most mundane objects into a mosaic of Biblical and classical allusions and not sound quaint. What I especially appreciate about Graber is the way in which she sustains a c [...]

    2. Jeffrey Wright on said:

      Review in Brooklyn Rail (October) Kathleen GraberThe Eternal City(Princeton University Press, 2010)Secretary of unwhispered announcements, Kathleen Graber traces the outlines of meaning with a sure, deliberate hand. Her engaging ruminations merge forms: diary, letter and essay all circle propositions. In this second collection, she extends her reputation as a poet of “beauty and deeply felt intelligence.” Graber holds the hammer of time at both ends, beating out ideas into images and convers [...]

    3. Jenny (Reading Envy) on said:

      Graber is well-read and intelligent, and a lot of what she included in The Eternal City might better be read in context. It is impossible to miss the themes of loneliness and disappointment. The middle section feels more like a vaguely poetic response to Aurelius than actual poetry, but I like the thread of connectivity that goes through all of them. I picked this up because it was a National Book Award Finalist for 2010. I'm waiting to weigh in on the poets since she is the first of the 5 that [...]

    4. Lisa Rector on said:

      Favorite poems are - Tolle!Lege!, Dead Man, The Eternal City (1-12), No Lightsome Thing, Angels Unawares, and Letter from Cornwall: To Stephen Dunn.

    5. Jon Corelis on said:

      Conventional innovationThere seems to be a new genre of long poem coming out of the current American creative writing establishment. As yet unnamed, we might call it the "segmented philosophically framed confessional poem." The idea is to use quotes from one or more great authors of the past as a frame for a long poem in a small number of chapter-parts detailing the poet's personal experiences. The quotes are usually of an elegant or profound nature intended to provide an ironic contrast to the [...]

    6. Luke on said:

      [Chosen by Paul Muldoon as the first book for the relaunch of Princeton's Contemporary Poets series]An attempt at seeing and feeling the past alongside the present, both personally in terms of family and publically in terms of environment, particularly the 'city'. Ghosts, hauntings, echoes, memories and reflections.Graber has a good way with words. Quite harsh and punchy sounding. The constant monologue is interesting too, hopping between lots of different reflections. However, only some of the [...]

    7. Doss Hill on said:

      The ending poem is gorgeous. "Sometimes we are asked to prove who we are.Just this morning at the library I had to openmy passport & ask a stranger to vouch for meso that I could take home a book. If you livelong enough, you realize that you are notthe person you were. Here in this kitchen-a kitchen I might in conversation call mine-I own exactly one sharp knife & the wooden spoonI use to stir the sauce. A greasy tin kettle, pulledfrom the back of a cabinet, soaks in warm water.The days [...]

    8. Christopher on said:

      Mostly prose-like poems, densely packed and straightforward in their narrative. & you get lines like “As, now, I look into broken eyes of a factory—its windows smashed all around--& see clear through. Its brick depth filled, for an instant, with April sky.”The title of the book is drawn from the 12 poem cycle, Eternal City. This section of the book really shines, with the sharpest writing connecting antiquity & personal history. From the title poem: “The mind is more than a s [...]

    9. Anna on said:

      Kathleen Graber's poems live generously--moving between the scholarly and the everyday, the most profound events of one's life--the terrible losses or the great loves--and the mundane. This is the mind at work. And, I was happy to follow her--and also often surprised into feeling as the poem made its turns. I was especially enchanted by the second section of the book that begins with the poem "The Eternal City" and then moves into a kind of dialogue with Aurelius's Meditations as poems in a seri [...]

    10. Cyril Wong on said:

      The poet has an almost Stoic-cum-Buddhist consciousness but ends up becoming a poetic hoarder of everything past, meaning literal things as well as objects and scenes from memory. Impelled by that need to enter an eventual "significant significance of everything", Graber fails--and is, mostly, grateful for that failure--in poems that search poignantly for truth in the passing of time, the collected ruins of history both private and on a grander human scale, and finally the persistent present-nes [...]

    11. Laura McNeal on said:

      This book reminded me why I used to read poetry and made me resolve to read it regularly again. The subject matter of these poems is simultaneously personal and cosmic, mundane and yet exquisite. Is it the fact that she writes about button boxes, which I keep? Or that she writes equally well about button boxes, Marcus Aurelius, Fitzcarraldo, and Prometheus? Or that she writes line after line as visceral as this: "White shirt buttons evaporating into chalk, like those effervescent tablets used to [...]

    12. Craig on said:

      I m currently reading (and close to finishing) two books of poetry that have torn open my eyes and really affected me. The funny thing is that they are so abolutelydifferent from each other. I just couldn't say anything as succinctly or intellectually as other reviews here have said, so I will just say this These verses are dense but accessible, smart, but emotional, historical, but present, distant but powerfully closeJust absolutely fantastic. So very very good

    13. Larry Kaplun on said:

      These poems are extraordinary. I keep coming back to them, for the complexity and simpleness, for their intellectual verve, and beautiful language, the way her poems move. Wow. I mean, she makes me want to be a better reader. And more so, she makes me wants to be a better poet. I recommend it highly.

    14. Douglas on said:

      Poets that use the classical age as analogy to personal experience sometime lose the emotional heft that the lyric poem can contain, Not so with Graber, whose poems move fluently back and forth between the Ancient World and her (or her speaker's) personal life.

    15. Sarah on said:

      Very interesting voice, very charming, and I like the territory she traverses. Would love a little more quirk and irony, if anything. The poems in the longer poem "The Eternal City" work with each other beautifully. The poet does great things with language, well worth the read.

    16. Emily on said:

      this was weird i really liked reading these at first but then i just stopped being pulled in, even going back to try to recapture that first flush the words sank down into murky waters and i didnt care so it must be me and not her! :D

    17. Kevin Brown on said:

      I though the collection started out quite strong, but the section section (that gives the collection its title) really bogs things down. The last section has some solid poems, but none as strong as the first section. I was optimistic, but ultimately let down.

    18. Peter on said:

      Complex poems depending on both the vernacular and an erudite world of knowledge. Ultimately quite successful but by no means an easy read.

    19. Will on said:

      Any book of poetry that can effortlessly weave together Marcus Aurelius quotes with Jim Jarmush films and Netflix is okay by me. The title poem is the best.

    20. Brian on said:

      It was fine, definitely not boring at all, but none of the poems really blew me away.

    21. David Ruekberg on said:

      If you like David Kirby, Lisa Lewis, Robert Hass, Larry Levis, Aristotle, Charles Wright, and/or Marcus Aurelius, I'm guessing you'll love Kathleen Graber.

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