This Connection of Everyone with Lungs

This Connection of Everyone with Lungs : Poems

By (author) Juliana Spahr

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Part planetary love poem, part 24/7 news flash, the hypnotic poems of This Connection of Everyone with Lungs wrap with equal, angular grace around lovers and battleships. These poems hear the tracer fire in a bird's song and capture cell division and troop deployments in the same expansive thought. They move through concentric levels of association and embrace - from the space between the hands to the mesosphere and back again - touching everything in between. The book's focus shifts between local and global, public and private, individual and social. Everything gets in: through all five senses, through windows, between your sheets, under your skin.

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  • Hardback | 86 pages
  • 144.8 x 210.8 x 12.7mm | 204.12g
  • 01 Apr 2005
  • University of California Press
  • Berkerley
  • English
  • 0520242904
  • 9780520242906

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Juliana Spahr is a poet, critic, and editor. Among her books of poems are Fuck You - Aloha - I Love You and Response, winner of the National Poetry Series Award. She coedits the international arts journal Chain with Jena Osman.

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"In a time of war, dirty air, missile worship when all oracles seem silenced, from every eco-lyric pore these fine auroras of This Connection of Everyone With Lungs have been streaming. Registering 9/11 as cellular rupture, this is a work of full globality which redeems our time, makes us remember all that poetry is capable of as form, frame, syntax linking air, earth, lung; what Emerson meant by lyric language as nothing less than externalization of planet's soul." - Rob Wilson, author of Waking in Seoul "By listing, by naming, the atrocities - the harrowing stats, the scary particulars - in our world-at-endless-war - we might at least exert control over our sanity and extend our mind and compassion to others. It is a connected universe as Spahr so forcefully and powerfully reminds us. This Connection of Everyone with Lungs is a sustained and anaphoric meditation, a catharsis for our predicament." - Anne Waldman"

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"In a time of war, dirty air, missile worship when all oracles seem silenced, from every eco-lyric pore these fine auroras of "This Connection of Everyone With Lungs have been streaming. Registering 9/11 as cellular rupture, this is a work of full globality which redeems our time, makes us remember all that poetry is capable of as form, frame, syntax linking air, earth, lung; what Emerson meant by lyric language as nothing less than externalization of planet's soul."--Rob Wilson, author of "Waking in Seoul "By listing, by naming, the atrocities--the harrowing stats, the scary particulars--in our world-at-endless-war--we might at least exert control over our sanity and extend our mind and compassion to others. It is a connected universe as Spahr so forcefully and powerfully reminds us. "This Connection of Everyone with Lungs is a sustained and anaphoric meditation, a catharsis for our predicament."--Anne Waldman

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"In a time of war, dirty air, missile worship when all oracles seem silenced, from every eco-lyric pore these fine auroras of "This Connection of Everyone With Lungs" have been streaming. Registering 9/11 as cellular rupture, this is a work of full globality which redeems our time, makes us remember all that poetry is capable of as form, frame, syntax linking air, earth, lung; what Emerson meant by lyric language as nothing less than externalization of planet's soul."--Rob Wilson, author of "Waking in Seoul" "By listing, by naming, the atrocities--the harrowing stats, the scary particulars--in our world-at-endless-war--we might at least exert control over our sanity and extend our mind and compassion to others. It is a connected universe as Spahr so forcefully and powerfully reminds us. "This Connection of Everyone with Lungs "is a sustained and anaphoric meditation, a catharsis for our predicament."--Anne Waldman

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