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Author OâBrien, Geoffrey G.

Title The Guns and Flags Project : Poems.

Published Berkeley : University of California Press, 2002.


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Physical description 1 online resource (97 pages)
Series New California Poetry Ser. ; v.6
New California Poetry Ser.
Contents Acknowledgments -- The Premiere of Reappearance -- Second Shift -- Absence of the Archbishop -- Solubility -- Isabel's First House -- Thoughts of a Judge -- Eloign -- Early Description -- The Sentry-Box -- Parts of a House -- Tale with a Cascading Moral -- Excelsior -- Observations on the Florida Question -- Reverent Estimations -- Palinode -- Two Philosophers -- Plants Waving in Different Directions -- In the Idle Style -- The Truth in Italy -- Standing before Paintings -- Constantly So Near -- An Unusual Optimism -- Stanzas from Oliveira's Third Dream -- Man Called Aerodynamics -- Of a Pressing Nature -- A Soldier's Uniform -- The Guestbook -- The White Mare Sodality -- Notes from the Trial of K. -- Vinteuil's Little Phrase -- Blue Rider School -- The State's Only Child -- The State's Only Child -- Portrait of the X Family -- Invention of Laughter -- Second Summer -- Omertá -- Winter Rose.
Summary Obsessed with work and dream, shot through with weather and color, Geoffrey G. O'Brien's spirited debut pursues the possibility of the lyric itself--whether the voice raised "with melodies/and thinking" can be rescued from the ongoing disaster of progress. In roving five-beat lines the poems pass again and again through scenes of liminality--sunset and dawn, falling asleep and waking up, border crossings--searching there for a potential ethics and politics of vision, a mutating, rhythmic "project" to oppose the inert spectacle of guns and flags. Like Ashbery stoked on sonics, O'Brien insists that the restless, unsatisfied motion of thought must hold the place for an ever-decaying freedom within the state. Yet it is not idea alone that flares "passionately in our lives," but the smell of rain, the behavior of clouds, repetitions of waves: these are the subjects of a meditative ecstasy that advances The Guns and Flags Project as an inheritor of the Stevensian tradition, charged with a sense that history's never-ending storm of restoration and ruin cannot be outmaneuvered but might be withstood, and even revised, by song.
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Local Note Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2017. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries.
Other author O'Brien, Geoffrey G.
O'Brien, Geoffrey.
Subject Rain forest animals -- Africa, West.
Sustainable development -- Africa, West.
Wildlife conservation -- Africa, West.
Electronic books.
ISBN 9780520936140