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A Mnemonic for Desire
by Steve Mueske
In this collection, language becomes a device for remembering our forgotten impulses and hidden longings, a place where a "song forms, rising out of nothing." Rendered through the poet's unique vision, the transformations and landscapes of the natural world and the everyday routines and accidents of the common individual become endeavors meant to uncover the concealed ...more
Paperback, 116 pages
Published February 1st 2006 by Ghost Road Press
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Steve Mueske's A Mnemonic for Desire is "apocalyptic" in the best sense of the word: a constant and multifaceted unveiling of the world of personal losses and momentary wonder. Revelations small and large accumulate in this respectably-sized volume. The poems are well-crafted, surprising, and deeply felt. Griefs, joys, people, and memories lurk at the edge of these poems, each like a phantom limb, at once present in the ghostly shape of absence and yet also just as absent, violently at a remove, ...more
The poems in this book are round and solid, like rocks. People who are interested in clear, tight poems in the American grain would like these poems. The author, Steve Mueske, edits a good zine, too, called Three Candles.
Steve Mueske lives in Savage, MN, with his wife and two daughters. He is the author of two collections of poetry, most recently Slower than Stars, and a chapbook. His poetry has been published in a wide variety of journals, including The Massachusetts Review, Crazyhorse, Hotel Amerika, Court Green, Water~Stone Review, CURA, and elsewhere, as well as anthologies such as Best New Poets. He also ...moreMore about Steve Mueske...