Through six earlier books Karl Kirchwey has rewarded readers with poems of great musicality, visual richness, and historical resonance. Stumbling Blocks: Roman Poems represents a culmination of his “formal mastery”an honor often too loosely bestowed in contemporary American poetry, but one Kirchwey thoroughly earns.
As in his 1998 New York Times Notable Book The Engrafted Word, the city of Rome becomes a lens through which to understand the contemporary human experience and the upheavals of human loss. Stumbling Blocks takes as its starting point the shattered ancient Roman ruins described in Renaissance poet Joachim du Bellay's celebrated sonneta landscape of death feeding upon itself and restored to life in the imagination of each successive generation to salvage its own narratives.
Kirchwey builds new arches and mythological intersections in exquisite poems that take long walks in the Eternal City, through landscapes far away and deep within. This gorgeous collection takes us back in time and brings us forward through our Old and New Worlds, revealing through the religion of art both beauty and atrocity.
|Publisher:||Northwestern University Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.70(d)|
About the Author
KARL KIRCHWEY is the author of six previous collections of poetry: A Wandering Island; Those I Guard; The Engrafted Word; At the Palace of Jove; The Happiness of This World: Poetry and Prose; and Mount Lebanon. His essays and reviews have been widely published. He has also written a verse play based on the Alcestis of Euripides and a translation of Paul Verlaine, Poems under Saturn. From 2010 to 2013 he served as Andrew Heiskell Arts Director at the American Academy in Rome.
Table of Contents
CONTENTS Acknowledgments 6 A Fatal Hand (Joachim Du Bellay) 8 I. Leaving 10 Airbus 11 PATER * FILIO * FECIT 13 Body and Mask 14 On the Janiculum, January 7, 2012 15 II. Roma 8F 9260 17 Tiber Island 19 Janiculum Staircase 20 III. North Frieze Block XLVIII, Figures 118-20 22 The Stones at the Circus Maximus 23 A Pair of Fountains
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