War of the Foxes

War of the Foxes Author Richard Siken
ISBN-10 1556594771
ISBN-13 9781556594779
Year 2015-04-28
Pages 96
Language English
Publisher Copper Canyon Press
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This may be the most anticipated poetry book of the last decade expect it to haunt you NPR orgIn reviewing Richard Siken s first book Crush the New York Times wrote that his territory is where passion and eloquence collide and fuse In this long awaited follow up to Crush Siken turns toward the problems of making and representation in an unrelenting interrogation of our world of doublings In this restless swerving book simple questionssuch as Why paint a bird are immediately complicated by concerns of morality human capacity and the ways we look to art for meaning and purpose while participating in itsand our owninvention Slippery magnetic riffs on the arbitrary divisions made by the human mind in light of the mathematical abstractions that delete them poetry lovers will want to read Library Journal starred review P oems of passion examining what it means to love to be and to create Vanity Fair Sikens stark startling collection focuses tightly on both the futility and the importance of creating art BooklistPoems primarily about painting and representation give way to images that become central characters in a sequence of fable like pieces Animals landscapes objects and an array of characters serve as sites for big human questions to play out in distilled form Sikens sense of line has become more uniform this steadiness punctuated by moments of cinematic urgency Publishers Weekly War of the Foxes builds upon the lush and frantic magic of Richard Sikens first book Crush In this second book Siken takes breathtaking control of the rich varied material he has chosen Siken paints and erasesthe metaphor of painting with words allows him to leave those traces that mostly go unseen He is the Trickster If paint then no paint He does this with astonishing candor and passion The RumpusThe MuseumTwo lovers went to the museum and wandered the rooms He saw a painting and stood in front of itfor too long It was a few minutes before sherealized he had gotten stuck He was stuck lookingat a painting She stood next to him looking at hisface and then the face in the painting What do yousee she asked I don t know he said He didn tknow She was disappointed then bored He waslooking at a face and she was looking at her watch This is where everything changed Richard Siken is a poet painter and filmmaker His first book Crush won the Yale Younger Poets prize He lives in Tucson Arizona

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