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Poetry. THE COURIER'S ARCHIVE & HYMNAL navigates a purgatory made nearly pastoral by a necrotic vision of consumptive rivers, ghost mazes, corpsethieves, and stalkerish moons. With an exacting, halted diction, Joshua Marie Wilkinson swerves us deeper toward the source of this dark archive, stirring our courier to contemplate Basho, Beckett, Kafka, Matta-Clark in hope ...more
Paperback, 56 pages
Published April 1st 2014 by Sidebrow Books
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Gerry LaFemina
Oct 18, 2016 Gerry LaFemina rated it liked it
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Although I admire Wilkinson's ambition--these four long prose poems made of multiple lyric sections--, there's nothing here that made me wanted to remember them. The exciting energy of the prose poem form works well enough, but the emotional stance of the poems is unvarying in its irony and thus unsatisfying. The imagery feels ordinary. There's talent here, surely, but is that enough?
Ben G
Nov 27, 2015 Ben G rated it liked it
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I really enjoyed "Swamp Isthmus". This one's less resolved. Reads like notebook poetry, where the poet mashes together all those good individual sentences and observations and hopes for dream logic to carry the reader through. I kept expecting the poems to build into a whole, and while "Fortnight Insignia", the final poem, is the most evocative, it isn't because it binds the previous work. Still, it's good line poetry.
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I felt my insides carry away thick and thin, weathered and new, the last voices of death and health telling stories in final breaths.
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Joshua Marie Wilkinson is the author of five books, most recently Selenography, with Polaroids by Tim Rutili (Sidebrow Books 2010). He is the editor of two anthologies from University of Iowa Press, including Poets on Teaching, featuring 99 essays by 101 contributors (2010).

He lives in Chicago.
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