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Suspension of a Secret in Abandoned Rooms
by Joshua Marie Wilkinson (Goodreads Author)
Born out of the author's exploration of Egon Schiele's work, region and era, "Suspension of a Secret in Abandoned Rooms" is a book length poem published in a stunning edition.
Paperback, 88 pages
Published June 15th 2005 by Pinball Publishing
(first published June 2005)
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JMW and I are in, which is to say like sentences lay in a cabin floor with the ripe oranges and waterfalling Vienna. In which I am writing over the writing of disapearance. I, I time. Wiggy in that I know every thing he emulates in the sentence, especially the ampersand self, the self of grapes and trains, the self apart from any italics, on the roof of the conversation about music. I am saying this we are in a movie moving teeth. I am saying this we are making a movie about Rachel praise in let ...more
More than Lug Your Careless Body, I felt this book. And it accomplishes many things I am usually quick to dismiss. Ekphrasis, I usually hate it, yet these poems respond to Schiele. Correspondence, I usually hate it, but the writer makes them enough about him, and not just "what I think of this other I write to" to make it real. Believable. I feel Wilkinson's integrity in this book. And for me, it gives him carte blanche for anything he decides to give me.
A strong first book playing on notions of address and elliptical fragmentation. Can we reach back into the mind of another's seeing? If so, Wilkinson takes us there, to the line being drawn by Egon Shiele, to a place where, in 1918, "The war is almost words again" and one lives where "Each day you must offer yourself with words to somebody." (p 11, the opening page & poem of Wilkinson's book)
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).More about Joshua Marie Wilkinson...
He lives in Chicago.
He lives in Chicago.