Join us on a literary world trip!
Add this book to bookshelf
Grey
Write a new comment Default profile 50px
Grey
Subscribe to read the full book or read the first pages for free!
All characters reduced
Maps and Transcripts of the Ordinary World - Poems - cover

Maps and Transcripts of the Ordinary World - Poems

Kathryn Cowles

Publisher: Milkweed Editions

  • 0
  • 0
  • 0

Summary

This “innovative” poetry collection “uses text and image to explore the strangeness inherent in everyday experience” (Publishers Weekly).  
 
“I take seven photographs turning / in a circle, a panorama, / but how will I place them hanging / on a wall back home? Something already slipping,” Kathryn Cowles writes. These poems surround a central question: how much of a moment is captured by the mechanisms we use to describe it? How much of the shore, the birds, the feeling? In pursuit of an answer, Cowles leads readers through a sequence of distinct landscapes (islands, plains, mountains, oceans), puzzling over and embracing the valley between literature and lived experience. Along the way, Cowles’s language is light but recursive, rotating around beloved places: a new house, a garden, a seemingly endless plane ride, a battery-operated spit of lamb, a photograph of a battery-operated spit of lamb, dogs, Sue, Ohio. This collection defamiliarizes and refamiliarizes the “actual world,” while navigating toward the clear and substantial stuff of living. Arresting on both visual and textual levels, Maps and Transcripts of the Ordinary World isa collection that lingers in memory and place, in the unsettled distance between reality and its transcriptions. 
 
“Deftly shows that as we struggle to transform into language what we see and hear and feel, the results are inevitably incomplete; there’s a gap between what we want to say and what we actually manage.” —Library Journal 
 
“The need to catalog, to document, and to mourn are all active forces in Cowles’s poems . . . a work of grappling with the representational and the real and the thin boundaries between them.” —Colorado Review
Available since: 03/10/2020.
Print length: 96 pages.

Other books that might interest you

  • A Song For New Year's Eve - cover

    A Song For New Year's Eve

    William Cullen Bryant

    • 0
    • 0
    • 0
    LibriVox volunteers bring you 11 recordings of A Song For New Year's Eve by William Cullen Bryant. This was the Weekly Poetry project for December 30, 2012.William Cullen Bran was an American Romantic poet. He wrote this poem in 1859. We are recording it to celebrate the end of 2012 and the beginning of 2013. (Summary by Charlotte Duckett)
    Show book
  • Henry VIII - cover

    Henry VIII

    William Shakespeare

    • 0
    • 0
    • 0
    This abridged performance of the last of Shakespeare's plays founded on English history was recorded in 1952. Henry VIII was first published in the 1623 folio edition of Shakespeare's plays. This performance stars Dame Sybil Thorndike, Sir Lewis Casson & Ralph Truman (as King Henry VIII).
    Show book
  • Witches' Brew (MacBeth Act IV Scene I) - cover

    Witches' Brew (MacBeth Act IV...

    William Shakespeare

    • 0
    • 0
    • 0
    Librivox volunteers bring you seven readings of The Witches' Brew from Act IV Scene I of MacBeth, by William Shakespeare. This was the weekly poetry project for October 26, 2014.
    Show book
  • Dead Men's Praise - cover

    Dead Men's Praise

    Jacqueline Osherow

    • 0
    • 0
    • 0
    A witty and formally versatile collection of poetry exploring life, faith, and history by the Witter Bynner Prize-winning poet. 
     
    With Dead Men’s Praise, Jacqueline Osherow gives us her fourth and most ambitious collection of poetry to date. Her hybrid inspiration ranges from Dante’s terza rima, to free verse, to biblical psalms, all delivered in a casually conversational voice. Combining the self-mocking inflections of Yiddish jokes with the pure lyric inspiration of biblical verse, these poems range in theme from Italian hill towns to contemporary art installations in Los Angeles to the vanished Jewish world of the Ukraine. Her effortless humor and sharp insights take us from imaginings of the future to recovery of the past, and her distinctive voice becomes a fusion of the sublime and the down-to-earth. 
     
    “Like Elizabeth Bishop, who wove her voice into a sestina so effortlessly you forget the form is there, Osherow makes villanelles, sonnets, and even Dante’s terza rima feel genuinely conversational.” —David Yaffe, The Village Voice
    Show book
  • Dumpty - The Age of Trump in Verse - cover

    Dumpty - The Age of Trump in Verse

    John Lithgow

    • 0
    • 0
    • 0
    Award-winning actor and bestselling author John Lithgow wields a whip-smart, satirical pen in this poetic diatribe chronicling the last few abysmal years in politics.With lacerating wit, he takes readers verse by verse through the history of Donald Trump's presidency, lampooning the likes of Betsy DeVos, Anthony Scaramucci, Scott Pruitt, Paul Manafort, Trump's doctors, and many others.The poems collected in Dumpty draw inspiration from A. A. Milne, Lewis Carroll, Edward Lear, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Mother Goose, and many more. A YUGE feat of laugh-out-loud lyrical storytelling, this hilarious and timely volume is bound to bring joy to poetry lovers, political junkies, and Lithgow fans.
    Show book
  • The Plough - cover

    The Plough

    Richard Henry Horne

    • 0
    • 0
    • 0
    LibriVox volunteers bring you 8 recordings of The Plough by Richard Henry Horne, published in "The Oxford Book of English Verse: 1250–1900" in 1919. This was the weekly poetry project for the week of September 21st, 2008.
    Show book