The Politics by Benjamin Paloff
(Carnegie Mellon Poetry Series)

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Science and speculation, faith and doubt, reformation and resistance: "politics" consists in navigating the forms of internal discord that we find both within our communities and within ourselves. In The Politics, his first collection of poems, Benjamin Paloff animates these dynamics by orchestrating a grand dialogue among contentious philosophers, ancient heroes, pop icons, and the man on the street. Part-drama, part-treatise, this is a book in which the most modest fragments of history and biography, of physics and imagination, "survive by calling out / to one another."

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BENJAMIN PALOFF grew up in Atlantic City and is a poetry editor at Boston Review. His poems have appeared in The New Republic, A Public Space, The Paris Review, and elsewhere, and he writes frequently for such publications as The Nation and the Times Literary Supplement. The recipient of grants and fellowships from the US Fulbright Program and the National Endowment for the Arts, he is also the translator of several works from Central and Eastern European literatures. He teaches at the University of Michigan.
Published February 7, 2011 by Carnegie Mellon University Press. 80 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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This much-awaited debut from critic, translator, and Slavic-lit scholar Paloff combines an articulate sadness with an almost playful devotion to classical and philosophical texts.

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