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MOBI ò The Eternal City Poems ↠ Kathleen Graber 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 poetryWith an epigraph from Freud comparing the mind to a landscape in which all that ever was still persists The Eternal City offers elouent testimony to the struggle to make sense of the present through conversation with the past uestioning what it means to possess and to be possessed by objects and technologies Kathleen Graber's collection brings together the elevated and the uotidian 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 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 uaint What I especially appreciate about Graber is the way in which she sustains a conversation with a diverse group of thinkers and artists including Marcus Aurelius Adorno Walter Benjamin Issa Kant Werner Herzog and Jim Jarmusch; and just putting together that list makes Graber sound like a “post mod” poet in the habit of name dropping to prove her street cred à la Joshua Clover But the refreshing thing about Graber is that she engages these writersthinkers seriously to discover something by thinking through them – and she isn’t just impressed with the process of thought but truly trying to think about real subjects what do our possessions say about us? Do we possess a soul? What to make of our frail and ultimately failing bodies? What to make of our parent’s frail and failed bodies? What to make of our frail and failing memories? What is the personal in relation to the historical? And what about that eternal in the very title of this collection? Most impressive is the sustained uality of thinking and observation throughout the collection – except for a couple of slight occasional poems written for poet mentorsfriends Stephen Dunn and Gerald Stern the poems are unfailingly ambitious deep and rarely have a faltering line in them I prefer the first and second sections of the book – the third section seems to have been written during a travel grant and have a certain tone of needing to live up to expectations of getting the most out of a “foreign” experience; but Graber doesn’t need to travel any further than the book store or a library in order for her to embark on a meaningful journey as evidenced by her masterpiece long poem “The Eternal City” that makes up the entire second section I think it’s pretty difficult in the 21st century to write a poem about an aging drunk father who falls asleep naked in front of the tv and see in that moment a Biblical parallel to “The Drunkenness of Noah” without getting a snicker out of a very jaded reading public but Graber really pulls it off Tolle Lege indeed that Latin imperative is the title of the first poem in the collection – take it up Read this

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EBOOK Ê EPUB The Eternal City Poems ¶ 9780691146102 FREE ´ KATHLEEN GRABER ✓ 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 Versity 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 readKyle bundle up You're right It's hard to say simply what is true For Kyle Booten 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 uotes from one or 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 uotes are usually of an elegant or profound nature intended to provide an ironic contrast to the everyday details of modern life which they frameMost of the recent books of this nature which I've seen though end up recycling the same old here's what I'd tell my therapist self indulgent agony which has become practically the defining characteristic of contemporary establishment poetry in the US you can't make a stale cake fresh by putting it into a new box The Eternal City is very much in this style with the carefully wrought frame serving as a vehicle for details from the life of the middle aged middle class academic who seems to be the only allowable persona for most current poets parents die children are born dysfunctional family and other relationships are minutely remembered trivial everyday experiences are pondered for their infinite significance famous places are traveled to great books and paintings are meditated upon The ironies inherent in the framing device are sometimes mishandled to the point of bathos as when a uote from Marcus AureliusFrom my grandfather Verus I learned good morals and the government of my temperis immediately followed by a poem beginningFrom my mother's sister Peg I failed to learn frugalitythough she would add last night's peas to the morning's eggsWell maybe it's supposed to be funnyThough the book has been well reviewed and indeed widely praised the best I can say about it myself is that it's neither so obscure nor so affected as many books of this type which have been coming out of the academies the imagery is clear and coherent and the metrical control of the typically long lines is of some technical interest; hence the second star But I wouldn't particularly recommend this book myself

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The Eternal City PoemsPrivate and public history as she is transformed from settled resident to pilgrimFrom 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 holdSome 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 speakLast month after graduation a student stopped me just outsidethe Uni A beautiful and thoughtful collection The Eternal City shows that you can reference as well as integrate philosophy into poetry without the poem instantly becoming convoluted and deliberately obscure the way some poets seem to have a sense of high mindedness kick in just because they decided to make a poem historical and show how well read they are Graber is uite the opposite and her poems become tender wonders that I cradled in my mind before during and after reading each of them The balance between the historical and the contemporary is astute without being overburdening There is a lot of breathing space within the poems of The Eternal City Sometimes it even feels like they even transition across several ideas in the span of a single poem in a way that always strays from each preceding stanzathought yet Graber avoids making the poems feel scattered or random by always weaving in a careful thoughtfulness that cannot be described in words The Eternal City has a je ne sais uoi uality to it something I cannot name but which is a combination of affect and poetic subtlety making this one of the most refreshing collections I've read in a while intelligent without being too caught up in its own wisdom and references