The California Poem by Eleni Sikelianos

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California, hedonistically beautiful and increasingly endangered, is the star of this book-length poem that flies through time, memory, science, history, and imagination, mirroring the topography of the Golden State’s landscape and the history of its diverse cultures. Alternating between grand, Whitmanic tone and scope, Dickinsonian minute detail, Beat rhythms, New York School wit and Objectivist sensibility, this epic poem engages traditional lyricism with a breathtaking contemporary style and graceful urgency.

A native of California, Eleni Sikelianos has lived in New York City, Paris and Athens. She is the author of the poetry collection, Earliest Worlds, the memoir, Book of Jon (forthcoming from City Lights), and the National Poetry Series award-winning collection The Monster Lives of Boys and Girls.


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Eleni Sikelianos is the author of six books of poetry, most recently Body Clock and The California Poem, which was a Barnes & Noble Best of the Year, as well as a hybrid memoir, The Book of Jon. Sikelianos teaches in and directs the Creative Writing Program at the University of Denver. A California native, longtime New Yorker, and world traveler, she now lives in Boulder with her husband, the novelist Laird Hunt, and their daughter, Eva Grace.
Published October 1, 2004 by Coffee House Press. 200 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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(Oct.) Forecast: Sikelianos's great-grandfather Angelos Sikelianos was one of the best-known poets of modern Greece, and her prose memoir of her father, The Book of Jon, appears from City Lights this month.

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