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Sanskrit of the Body (National Poetry Series #115)

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In this mesmerizing collection, W. B. Keckler crafts an expansive travelogue of the human spirit that moves thoughtfully through multiple ages, cultures, and beings. Each brief poem explores in depth, through pensive, evocative images, aspects of the human condition and their place within the rich continuum of animal existence. Keckler presents these poems in a fugal form,...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published May 27th 2003 by Penguin Books
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Mr. Keckler,

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I was deterred, though. No one seems to not like your work. This seemed suspect to me at the time, as it’s a pattern I’ve noticed. Reviewers seem to go easi...more
"Beauty should always be arbitraty
brightness of fields in the mind."


Sugar spills on a Ouija Board. She wets her finger and licks it up."


"the spider carries nothing
but hunger

until it finds life

and its transparency fills up
with other bodies
and their blood
in its glass belly
warms its opaque"


This collection I am very much enjoying so far, after having read its first section.

Sometimes I am not a big fan of lots of nature imagery, but this language is uniquely descriptive enough to be quite engagin...more
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Apr 24, 2009 Arthur marked it as to-read
By the deuce how did the adolescent and the neighbor meet is beyond me.
They don’t seem to seed receiving messages, yet the neighbor is some type of mind reader?
Very descriptive and beautiful with the ending.
Some poems don’t have a sure ending but this one is beautiful.

By this I assume poetry is for eloquent receptive responders. To ponder without a sense of humor is beyond me but try these shapes with a grain of coArse salt for a light experience. I am also not very familiar with all the used...more
Austin Wright
This poetry was basically gibberish.

J. Mark
Jan 10, 2008 J. Mark rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who thinks poetry is on the decline
Shelves: poetry
A beautiful facility with the appropriately surprising image. Chosen for the National Poetry series by Mary Oliver, which makes sense as there's a similar "looking into" going on here: looking into the bodies of spiders,the act of purging books, the skeleton of the moon. I found out, true enough, that spiders are "quiet glass," and that, "Death's a sort of aspic all bodies are trapped in." I'm better for knowing it.
SanSkirt of the Body re-affirmed my belief in the future of American poetry. Keckler is endlessly inventive with his forms, topics, and word choices. Each poem is a delightful snow-globe one shakes and watches as the language swirls around and delicately settles. Don't miss this one!
"Without language there are too many senses"

Highly inventive and heart-breaking prose poems.
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W.B. Keckler (born 1966) is an American poet, translator and visual artist.

Books include Sanskrit of the Body (2002, Viking Penguin), which won in the U.S. National Poetry Series), and Ants Dissolve in Moonlight (1995, Fugue State Press). He is translator of Andre Malraux's early works Royaume-Farfelu and Lunes en Papier, published as The Kingdom of Farfelu, with Paper Moons (2005, Fugue State Pre...more
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