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The Network

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  61 ratings  ·  10 reviews

"Jena Osman subjects American history to a rhizomatic genealogy. What she finds . . . are the foundational, intersecting forces of slavery, finance, and empire at the heart of new world settlement."Michael Davidson

A practitioner of socio-literary engagement continues her investigations in this network of connective texts.

Paperback, 118 pages
Published October 1st 2010 by Fence Books
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Mar 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
You think you know what a book of poetry is? Huh? Do ya, punk?

If you do, I bet your idea of it resembles in no way this strange little tome The Network. I'm having trouble finding things to call it; I'm having trouble stopping:

Jena Osman's The Network is

* a conceptual public art piece in modest paperback form.

* a tourist handbook explicating the history, culture, economics, and language of the northeastern United States, except this guide is common only in a strange alternate dimension where po
James Grinwis
Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Like most everyone, I have trouble classifying this work, but most definitely it is "cross genre" or "other." Osman's Barthian multi-tiered explorations weave somberly invigorating zones. I really savored this book.
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Shelves: 21st-century
A concatenation of sometimes interesting factoids in a form resembling a writer's journal or brainstorm that has been whipped into a presentable and arbitrary shape. An interleaving of texts which begin cryptically and build towards something more expressive. Some expressions of rather conventional political sentiments along the lines of white people have been and probably still are racist, commerce and industry are bad. A skeleton built upon etymology, the science of puns. Add in a science-fict ...more
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Dec 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Let us not forget the Kudlow Creed: free market capitalism is the best path to prosperity. Unfortunately markets don't move in a linear fashion but grind through unavoidable business cycles of boom and bust. Joseph Schumpeter described this "gale of creative destruction as a "process of industrial mutation that incessantly revolutionizes the ecomonic structure from within, incessantly destroying the old one, incessantly creating a new one." He derived this theory of economic innovation from Marx ...more
Apr 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
It's rare, thousands of years into the history of the written word, to come across something that seems truly unique. Osman's "poems" are also mini history lessons, etymological surveys, and stories. Whether it's the Joker, the NYC financial district, or mercury (and Mercury), Osman dissects these words, events, and concepts to their fundamental electrons and protons. As a scientist, I'm used to the idea of picking something apart to see how it works. These poems do just that at a literary and h ...more
Chris Schaeffer
Nov 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The most audacious and astonishing poetry collection of the decade, oh my god, read this or I'll find you and leer at you like a fucking creep. This book literally totally reconfigured the way I thought about poetry and the ethics of poetics, and almost entirely predicated my decision to get my master's at Temple (where Osman teaches). It's a life-changer, everybody! Get at it!
Apr 03, 2013 rated it liked it
The sections are very far in what they accomplish, in my opinion, still it works very well as a whole. I just have an very ambivalent reading experience.
Nov 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry, home-library, 2011
These poems are often like having one of those long circular conversations that years of friendship encourage: layers and tangents and shared meanings...
Oct 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-poetry
delicious work that opened me to new methods of understanding. a lot going on in many forms, recommended.
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