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Tourist in Hell

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Eleanor Wilner’s poems attempt to absorb the shock of the wars and atrocities of the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. In their litany of loss, in their outrage and sorrow, they retain the joy in life, mercy for the mortal condition, and praise for the plenitude of nature and the gifts of human artistry.

As with her six earlier collections, these poems are drawn

Paperback, 120 pages
Published October 15th 2010 by University Of Chicago Press (first published January 1st 2010)
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After finishing this collection of poems, I suddenly realized that I was back in my apartment.

Wilner's poetry is akin to traveling. The poet herself is a well-versed (pun-obviously-intended) traveler and brings a global perspective into her scope with her collection of autonomous but partially-related poems. There are, like all poetry collections, gems that hauntingly remain with the reader with metaphors that capture: a fly-in-sap's correlation to our own desire to outwit time; a hand playing a
Really wonderful--when I heard Eleanor read from this, her newest collection, she apologized that the middle section was written "during the Bush years, so it's kind of...bummer lit," and that's not such a bad assessment. This poems, over all, mourn our inability to learn from past mistakes, especially when it comes to war and suffering, she seems to suggest is our greatest cultural strength (sigh). Wilner's perennial interest in Hellenic culture remains, but only insomuch as it informs contempo ...more
Jul 27, 2011 Liam rated it 3 of 5 stars
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Maybe it was me and my mood while reading this, but most of the poems bored me.
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