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By Gregory Orr

ISBN-10: 1619320649

ISBN-13: 9781619320642

"The middle of Orr's poetry, now as ever, is the enigmatic photo . . . mystical, carnal, reflective, wry."--"San Francisco Review"

This book-length series of ecstatic, visionary lyrics remembers Rumi in its look for the loved and its passionate trust within the therapeutic characteristics of artwork and beauty.

"Concerning the booklet that's the physique of the Beloved" is an incantatory occasion of the "Book," an imaginary and self-gathering anthology of the entire lyrics--both poems and songs--ever written. every one poem highlights a unique element of the human situation, and jointly the poems discover love, loss, recovery, the great thing about the area, the wonderful thing about the liked, and the secret of poetry. the aim and tool of the booklet is to aid us dwell through reconnecting us to the realm and to our emotional lives.

"I positioned the beloved
In a wood coffin.
the hearth ate his body;
The flames gobbled her.
I placed the beloved
In a poem or song.
Tucked it between
pages of the Book.
How brilliant the flames.
All of me burning,
All of me on fire
And nonetheless whole."

There is not anything particularly like this book--an "active anthology" within the top sense--where members locate the poems and songs that may maintain them. Or the poems locate them.

Gregory Orr is the writer of 8 books of poetry, 4 volumes of feedback, and a memoir. He has got a number of awards for his paintings, such a lot lately the Academy Award in Literature from the yank Academy of Arts and Letters. Orr has taught on the collage of Virginia on the grounds that 1975 and used to be, for a few years, the poetry editor of "The Virginia Quarterly Review." He lives along with his relations in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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From these reflections on the worth or possibility of lasting fame the narrator modulates into a meditation Systems of Literary Lionism 43 on the celebrity of his own “years of fame,” a celebrity he asserts was both created and then dashed by fashionable women readers: Oh ye, who make the fortunes of all books, Benign ceruleans of the second sex! Who advertise new poems by your looks, Your imprimatur will ye not annex? What, must I go to the oblivious cooks, Those Cornish plunderers of the Parnassian wrecks?

But post-Byron, writers must come to grips with a literary field in which celebrity matters in new ways. On the one hand, reader-writer relationships are sensationalized and more powerfully and perhaps more dangerously eroticized, and Byron makes clear what kind of popularity it is possible for a poet to achieve. On the other hand, the phenomenon of Byron makes evident the commercialization not only of poetry but also of poetic identity itself. Byronic performance quickly becomes a cliché, as Byron himself saw, and Byron’s celebrity a figure for the efficiency and power of the “systems of literary lionism” (Martineau) writers and readers must now navigate.

On the other hand, the phenomenon of Byron makes evident the commercialization not only of poetry but also of poetic identity itself. Byronic performance quickly becomes a cliché, as Byron himself saw, and Byron’s celebrity a figure for the efficiency and power of the “systems of literary lionism” (Martineau) writers and readers must now navigate. 2 Keats, Lyric and Personality Obituaries for Keats staked their claim for attention on that paradoxical but pervasive trope of Romantic celebrity, the narrative of neglected genius.

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