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Facts for Visitors (New California Poetry #12)

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Speaking in the wake of empire, of terrestrial love and of the collapse of traditional literary forms, the protagonist of this collection of poetry reconstructs a world from the language of encyclopedias, instruction manuals, and the literary legacies of Wallace Stevens, W. G. Sebald, and Joseph Conrad. The prefatory lyric, "Burial Practice," imagines the posthumous narrat ...more
Paperback, 62 pages
Published April 19th 2004 by University of California Press (first published 2004)
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Sep 16, 2007 Barrett rated it it was amazing
The book begins with a succinct, odd and unobfuscated language set in a poetic do-si-do: "Burial Practice" is a genesis story -- physical, intellectual, then cultural. The poem suggests the poet Srikanth Reddy is a builder. He builds in brick-by-brick phrases -- "pulse" to "pause", a ritualistic "then" starting most lines, almost chanting, and the also-brick-like symbols in the pivotal spaces between stanzas round out the concept. By the first poem he's already invoked the Holy Bible, and before ...more
I met Chicu Reddy, briefly, at a poetry reading in Boston whereat he autographed my copy of this book. This is great stuff. Reddy injects new life into all the poetic forms he uses, which range from the prose poem to the villanelle. He is truly a versatile poet. No matter what form is he using at the time, Reddy makes poetry seem so easy and fluidly flowing and *fun* that reading this book will make you want to sit down and write prose poems and villanelles of your own. This is limpid, beautiful ...more
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There's an innocent(seeming) tendency toward storytelling and clarity of feeling in these poems that I find very endearing. They are neither sentimental nor cynical, precious nor abstract, and they fill that middle ground (where my favorite poems reside) nicely. I also appreciate the poems' rhythmic qualities, sometimes even metrical, and their subtle use of rhyme. But I have a thing against villanelles; they hardly ever (with a few famous exceptions) seem necessary, just, good. And here, too.
Mar 30, 2008 Sam rated it really liked it
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So, I really liked this book. In this collection, Chicu displays a soul and sensibility that is lacking in most contemporary poets. His poems are heavily felt and still accessible. "Scarecrow Eclogue" is a perfectly composed poem.

As good as this book is though, it's not the radiant masterpiece that some would claim it is. Still, an excellent beginning by one of the best of the new generation.
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May 07, 2010 Bradley Harrison rated it it was amazing
"By point / ing or performing simple gestures it is possible to communicate / everything necessary to carry on living. A finger upraised is the firma / ment. The hand extended palm forward means blessing or stop."

An excerpt from, "Sixth Circle"
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Sep 07, 2007 Michelle Taransky rated it it was amazing
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Nov 02, 2015 Lacy rated it liked it
I enjoyed most of these poems and found quite a few lines to be thought provoking and sticking.
Aug 21, 2007 Meg rated it it was amazing
this book is so good i think writing another book is going to be hard.
Sep 09, 2012 Cemalec rated it really liked it
I love the tone throughout this book, of facts transformed into emotion, and vice versa.
Nov 19, 2008 Kristin rated it it was amazing
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A book of expansive poetry that covers the largest and smallest of matters effectively and beautifully.
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Sep 18, 2007 Colleen rated it it was amazing
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Not biased because he was my advisor, I swear - Reddy's poems just have an eloquence and precision of language that is rare in many younger poets today...
Jamie Banks
Curious to see more. Loved the first few poems, love the words/ink to reality analogies, but want to see more done with them.
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