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Voyager (New California Poetry #31)

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Srikanth Reddy’s second book of poetry probes this world’s cosmological relation to the plurality of all possible worlds. Drawing its name from the spacecraft currently departing our solar system on an embassy to the beyond, Voyager unfolds as three books within a book and culminates in a chilling Dantean allegory of leadership and its failure in the cause of humanity. At...more
Paperback, 129 pages
Published February 7th 2011 by University of California Press (first published January 1st 2011)
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I sat down yesterday and read this book in one big gulp, except that there is something about the structure and patterning of the book that prevents one from gulping too fast or getting, so to speak, an ice cream headache. In the past several years, I've read several interesting erasure projects, and I'd say that this is the one that gives itself most permission to move from the source into its own language and lyricism. Part of this might lie with Reddy's willingness to revisit passages for mul...more
An immense work. Haunting, lyric, and perhaps the most successful erasure I've ever read. The three erasures construct three different takes on the horrors and strangeness of the twentieth century. The third, the bulk of the book, moves the fastest for me and is the most narrative, telling a surreal story embedded in the nightmare-scape of a world confronted with its own capacity for destruction. Still, it avoids the angst and irony so much of contemporary writing turns to to engage with the leg...more
If you're not really interested in poetry and analysis, do not pick this book up. It took me hours to analyze this book, and although it is beautifully written, it is definitely not my cup of tea. I do see how some people would find it fascinating though.
Aaron Bauer
The book is made up of three long poems (or four, depending how you think about it). The harsh juxtaposition in form between each poem helps keep the reader's attention fresh in what otherwise might be very dense work.
An incredible effort by Reddy, one of my favorite poets. I've read a lot of erasures, but this one blew me away. Each page is carefully crafted with a masterful wit. Brilliant.
sarah louise
utterly astounding. about 75% of its total 175% comprehended. 150% recommended.
Corey Ryan
Great process birthed an equally pleasing product.
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