Cloth $40.00 ISBN: 9780226103778 Published October 2002
Paper $20.00 ISBN: 9780226103785 Published October 2002

The Afterlife of Objects

Dan Chiasson

The Afterlife of Objects
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Dan Chiasson

64 pages | 6-1/8 x 8-1/2 | © 2002
Cloth $40.00 ISBN: 9780226103778 Published October 2002
Paper $20.00 ISBN: 9780226103785 Published October 2002
Both intensely personal and deeply rooted in recognizable events of personal, familial, or national significance, The Afterlife of Objects is a kind of dreamed autobiography. With poise and skill, Dan Chiasson divulges the enigmas of the mind of not just one individual but of an entire social world through a beautifully constructed poetic voice that issues from a kind of mythic childhood of our collective, tortured humanity. This sophisticated debut collection offers deceptively simple poems that evoke highly complex states of mind with a voice that has long been listening to the discordant music of contemporary life.
Contents
I
Nocturne
Your Stone
Vermont
"The Sensible Present Has Duration"
Boston
"The Anatomy of Melancholy"
Paul 1:13
Dactyls after Driving through Nevada
Io
Song for a Play
"The Glass Slipper"
Self
II
My Ravine
Poem
Ward
". . . and yet the end must be as 'tis"
Visit
Anonymous Bust of a Man, c. 100 A.D. (Cyprus)
Deer
One
III
Cicada
Stealing from Your Mother
Spade
Blueprint
Purple Blouse
Matter
A Salt Dish
The Afterlife of Objects
IV
Peach Tree
Coda
After Ovid
Mechanical Wall, 1982
Dream of the End of Reading
Leverett Circle
Self-Storage
Aubade
Orange Tree
Notes
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