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L.B.; Or, Catenaries
by Judith Goldman (Goodreads Author)
Poetry. "The concatenated series of poems in Judith Goldman's L.B. chart the narratives formed by texts of uniform density hanging freely from two fixed readings not in the same semantic line. On the one hand, the book dramatizes language under the regimes of contemporary communication--the protocols and phatics of privatized and publicly traded language--with all the fals ...more
Paperback, 220 pages
Published October 4th 2011 by Krupskaya
(first published 2011)
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Lyrical Ballads (the “l.b.” of the title) was always a kind of experimental provocation. Could the ballad—repetitive, anonymous, artless, folk—accommodate the condensed, consciously crafted interiority of the Romantic lyric? Jasper Johns’ Catenary series of the aughts, with its loose cords hung slack before the canvas, equally challenged the standard split of artful and extraneous, with slackness, overload, droop, and excess held up against the angular space of the picture plane, the arena for p ...more
This book should probably be read out loud to be fully enjoyed and understood. Unfortunately, I can't claim to have read it that way. Sometimes the poetry feels like the ravings of the lunatic, or an alien from outer space learning to speak English, or a child mischievous and precocious in equal measure. While some of it was too inscrutable and resistant to the imposition of meaning for me to fully comprehend, the language is always delicious and provocative. I will highlight "[WATCH IT I'M GOIN ...more