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The Weather

4.45  ·  Rating Details  ·  184 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
Poetry. New work by the best-selling author of XECLOGUE and DEBBIE: AN EPIC. "Consider that we need to drink deeply from convention under faithfully lighthearted circumstances in order to integrate the weather, boredom utopic, with waking life. By 'integrate' we mean: to arc into a space without surface as if it were an inhabitable, flickering event. And by 'convention' we ...more
Paperback, 78 pages
Published January 1st 2001 by New Star Books
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Jul 12, 2013 Troy rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013, poetry
I'm not sure what I think about this.

Lisa Robertson is trying to do something new, and I just don't have the apparatus do 'get' it. I let it wash over me; let her language roll and repeat and do weird things with words, sentences, paragraphs. Sometimes it's wonderful, beautiful, or she would use weird turns of word like

Read my heart: I enjoy
as I renounce the chic glint
which politics give to style

Phrases double, twist, doppelganger til they pop like bloated ticks.

The days, which are "narcotic a
Mar 08, 2009 Elizabeth added it
Shelves: poetry
Robertson spent a hunk of time in Cambridge and ended up spending a lot of time in the archives looking at “gentlement meteorologists’ “ accounts of the weather. When weather was becoming a quantifiable thing. One interview states that all the language here is lifted (I think this is true only of the prose hunks.... ). The book is structured as a seven-day engagement with weather through language. Each “day” is a prose poem that is very langauge based and a more traditionally lineated poem that’ ...more
Mar 16, 2015 and rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poems
this book reads like a fog machine,
Jul 31, 2016 Julia rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
so! good! i will admit i am bad at books of poetry, will always freely admit it. my tradition of late has been to gravitate to the same few books of poetry at the co-op, sometimes riffle through them, often just look at them, check they're still there, stare a bit, move on. these latter three actions indicate a deeper relationship with the book, weirdly, than the riffling. the riffling is an acquaintance. after reading debbie: an epic, lisa robertson in general and the weather and the men in par ...more
Patrick Gaughan
Mar 20, 2014 Patrick Gaughan rated it really liked it
In her introduction, Lisa Robertson describes the weather as “boredom utopic,” an ever-present entity to relish or blame depending on the season or amount of cloud. Weather is language’s default conversation topic, a way to facilitate or ease out of discussion, placeholder as well as binding commonality. Robertson combines the languages of cloud cover and quotidian existence in seven sections, each titled with a day of the week, another nod to weather’s relationship to mundanity. The “Wednesday” ...more
Jul 29, 2007 k rated it really liked it
It's not like I understand this book, really, but it's interesting to me on a language level---I got excited about phrases, in this way that makes me more inspired to write. Like here's one I wrote on the library receipt: "we pour the word-built world"--isn't that nice? I wish I understood this book better.
Carrie Lorig
Sep 02, 2013 Carrie Lorig rated it it was amazing
lit up 5 star duh? robertson is already making what i want to do so big and split and possible. it's a micro / macro scopic diorama made of felt and bone and building. sentences clean and precise and filled with filthy depth and care. astounding.
Mar 30, 2015 Joe added it
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pairs well with Rob Fitterman's Sprawl as a language sourcing project and b/c in the 18th C the shopping mall was the sky / ok that was a bullshit sentence . "tuesday" crushed me.
Mar 04, 2009 Joe rated it it was amazing
I'm falling in love with this book; I never want to leave this atmousphere. If you do not see me you'll find me with/in the weather.

"But the history of the atmosphere is recklessly slow."(intro/THE OFFICE FOR SOFT ARCHITECTURE)

The weather is the visible spinning of our world, it is the motion and thus the time we experience. Long before prayer bells there was weather, day and night, light and cloud and dark. These relationships have shaped us, we are not nocturnal in general. Our lives are shape
Jul 01, 2007 Cristin rated it it was ok
Shelves: poetry
Too pretentious at times...Yes...the author has a cranium...I am painfully aware of that fact. The weird manifesto included in the beginning as a separate parchment was kind of cool...
Aug 28, 2013 Tanis rated it it was amazing
Robertson is a wonder. Read this book and feel your brain peel open.
Bette Noir
Mar 26, 2009 Bette Noir rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Bette by: a student of Lisa Robertson's
Smart, playful, a joy.
Aug 09, 2016 Gena rated it it was amazing
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