Cloud Corporation by Timothy Donnelly

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In the best moments of The Cloud Corporation, there is a depression so rich that it takes on a kind of grandeur.


Timothy Donnelly's brilliant, breakneck and beautiful poetry has been hailed as some of the most original and exciting new work to emerge from the US in several years. In The Cloud Corporation, Donnelly shows how a wholly engaged poetic sensibility can uncover both beauty and meaning within the bewilderments and complexities of contemporary life, without simplifying either its subject or its own investigative approach. In a Donnelly poem, the reader is never sure quite where the next line will take them - the poems pursue their narratives and arguments by surreal association one moment, relentless logic the next - but quickly learns that Donnelly's is a voice to trust, one which can lead them into astonishing and often unexpected clarities. Writing in the New Yorker, Dan Chiasson said 'If Whitman had had a young kid and a Brooklyn apartment, too many bills, and a stack of takeout menus in the top drawer of his Ikea desk, he would have written these poems.' The Cloud Corporation is an imaginative tour de force, and a fine introduction to an essential new poet. 'The best collection I've read in ages: every poem contains something unexpected and unexpectedly powerful. This is serious, modern, ambitious and bold work - the kind of poetry you hope to find, and rarely do' Nick Laird

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Timothy Donnelly was born in Providence, RI and attended Johns Hopkins, Columbia, and Princeton Universities. The Cloud Corporation (Wave Books, 2010) was a finalist for the 2011 William Carlos Williams Award. His first book of poems, Twenty-seven Props for a Production of Eine Lebensziet, was published by Grove Press in 2003. His work has been translated into German and Italian and has also appeared in many anthologies such as Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century, Isn't It Romantic: 100 Poems by Younger American Poets, Joyful Noise: An Anthology of American Spiritual Poetry, and Poet, Poems, Poetry edited by Helen Vendler. Recent poems have appeared or are forthcoming in A Public Space, Boulevard, Harper's, Iowa Review, jubilat, The Nation, The New Republic, The Paris Review, and elsewhere. He is a poetry editor for Boston Review and teaches in the Writing Program at Columbia University's School of the Arts. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two daughters.
Published October 1, 2010 by Wave Books. 144 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by David Wheatley on Jan 13 2012

...this book easily outclasses most British and Irish collections in the scale of its ambition, the polish of its rhetoric and its sense of entitlement to the same range of possibilities and rewards as, say, a David Foster Wallace novel.

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Reviewed by David Orr on Feb 02 2012

In the best moments of The Cloud Corporation, there is a depression so rich that it takes on a kind of grandeur.

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