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Robinson is rich, restless, bored, and drifting. Robinson is lonely. Robinson is alone.
In Kathleen Rooney's novel in poems, Robinson Alone, she traces the life of Robinson, an elusive character in just four of Weldon Kees's poems (and a representation of Kees himself) as he moves cross-country--and moves from disenchantment to despair. As Robinson makes haste to leave his Nebraskan hometown, to set up shop in NYC, working for Time magazine, we don't need a whole chapter to tell us about the tow...more
It is far more than a mere biographical novel-in-poems chronicling the life & times of the poet Weldon Kees, more than a channeling of Kees' own doomed character Robinson, but an exploration of Rooney's own "Robinson" ~ very much in the tradition not only of Kees but of Berryman's "Henry."
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The first sections of the book, I felt, lived very much on the surface. But th...more
This morning, I got up at 6 am and did just that.
I wrote and read.
I read this book in its entirety, in one sitting. I stopped once to refill my coffee cup.
I could not have picked a better starting point. I am in love with this book.
It made me think more about my own book project ideas, how so often I get stuck and how maybe I just need to push through the uncomfort of stuckville to arrive at where I...more
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