The Constructor by John Koethe

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"John Koethe's The Constructor is a scrupulous, elegant account of the meditative intellect as an instrument continually registering the passage of time. Exquisitely modulated and brutally honest, these poems would be harrowing were they not so seductively beautiful. No one writing in this country today sees as deeply as Koethe into the tears that lie at the heart of things, and no contemporary investigation of the life of the mind may be called complete that does not accommodate the lush intricacy of his terrifying recognitions."
-- George Bradley

"I prize John Koethe's intimate expanses and unsettling reveries, his tender contemplations and odd mental landscapes. He is an heir to Wallace Stevens and John Ashbery and, like them, he gives us the sensation of thinking itself, of a certain fleeting, daily, solitary consciousness rescued from oblivion and held aloft."
-- Edward Hirsch


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John Koethe has been Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and the first Poet Laureate of Milwaukee. His collections include North Point North, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and Falling Water, which won the Kingsley-Tufts Award. In 2005, John Koethe was a fellow at the American Academy in Berlin; in 2008, he was the Elliston Poet in Residence at the University of Cincinnati; and in 2010, he was the Bain-Swiggett Professor of Poetry at Princeton University. In 2011, he received the Arts and Letters Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He lives in Milkaukee, Wisconsin.
Published March 3, 1999 by Harper. 80 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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“A Perspective Box” reveals the poet’s youth in the California dessert, a landscape he takes as “the emblem / of sheer consciousness.” In these Proustian meditations on memory and the past, Koethe struggles with his place in literary time: after the Romantic agon and Modernist silence, he longs f...

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