The Violence of the Morning by Cal Bedient

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This innovative new collection of poems by Cal Bedient is Nabokovian in its artifice, its fluency, and its scope--from Kant to Jaqueline Du Pres's Elgar, from Mother Goose to the Upanishads, from poems after the paintings of Corot, Monet, Matisse, and Klee to extended inquiries into the complexities of sexual and other relationships. The poems take up the task of asking what joy is available in the dark and terrifying waves of disease, broken love, and death. The persona voicings are varied, odd, and memorable; and the poems vary widely in their feel, their rhythm, their typology. Everywhere the language is outrageously wet and vivid--sliced orange language. Though the poems often take the form of couplets, quatrains, or some other repeatable structure, the results are daringly unexpected, irrational, compelling, astonishingly beautiful, and moving.
 

About Cal Bedient

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Cal Bedient is the author of several books, including a previous collection of poems, Candy Necklace, and works of criticism such as He Do the Police in Different Voices: The Waste Land and Its Protagonist and In the Heart's Last Kingdom: Robert Penn Warren's Major Poetry. He is a professor of English at the University of California, Los Angeles.
 
Published May 13, 2002 by University of Georgia Press. 112 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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(June)Forecast:A full professor at UCLA with multiple critical books on modernism to his credit (including He Do the Police in Different Voices: The Wasteland and Its Protagonist), an editor of the University of California's poetry series and a prolific reviewer of titles by younger writers, Bedi...

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