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The Afterlife of Objects (Phoenix Poets) Paperback – October 15, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-0226103785 ISBN-10: 0226103781 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: Phoenix Poets
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press; 1 edition (October 15, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226103781
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226103785
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,530,268 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The Phoenix Poets list contains a number of poets currently on my list of favorites. This is a strong, vital series which has given voice to some of the best voices in American poetry today." - Billy Collins "Dan Chiasson has succeeded in writing the poetry many in his generation aim for: free-swinging, gorgeous in phrase, bold in imagination, athletic in movement. What makes The Afterlife of Objects distinctive and distinguished is that in these poems imagination is more than the mere monitor of a language-show. Here, the imagination is an organ of perception, a means of feeling." - Robert Pinsky

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Both intensely personal and rooted in recognizable events of American life, The Afterlife of Objects is a kind of dreamed autobiography. The enigmas of an individual mind become, in Dan Chiasson's poems, puzzles with wider social and historical significance. This sophisticated debut collection asks us to imagine our selves back into real life, evoking highly lyrical and pitched to the discordant music of contemporary life. Chiasson's poems provide one of the most poised and searching answers yet to Ralph Waldo Emerson's question, "Where do we find ourselves?"

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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Robert E. Witwer on August 8, 2003
Format: Paperback
Dan's poems are richly imagined and beautifully written. "Leverett Circle" stands out as a touching and deeply humane masterpiece. Check it out: [...]
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14 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 13, 2003
Format: Paperback
This poet has a firm grasp of poetic technique, but needs something more powerful to accompany it. (It's the same problem that plagued Pinsky's first book. Still, he grew out of it, and maybe Chaisson will, too.)
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1 of 6 people found the following review helpful By B. R. Cole on August 18, 2007
Format: Paperback
I didn't want to waste my time finding another email address for this pathetic author because his latest review in the NY TIMES about the G Bay detainees was embarrassing. His logic/legal reasoning was wrong and he wasn't really reviewing a book of poetry, he was expressing his own (I would argue extreme) views. Maybe he should put the poetry in context instead of being a human rights activist.

"You don't read this book for pleasure, you read it for evidence."

Very pathetic. Again---he should be embarrassed-- and reprimanded.

Just read below and it becomes obvious:

"This short book prints 22 poems by detainees at the military prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, that have been cleared for release by the United States military. The poems -- some by accomplished writers, others by first-time poets -- suffer "some flaws," as the book's editor, Marc Falkoff, himself a lawyer for 17 detainees, puts it. It is hard to imagine a reader so hardhearted as to bring aesthetic judgment to bear on a book written by men in prison without legal recourse, several of them held in solitary confinement, some of them likely subjected to practices that many disinterested parties have called torture. You don't read this book for pleasure; you read it for evidence. And if you are an American citizen you read it for evidence of the violence your government is doing to total strangers in a distant place, some of whom (perhaps all of whom, since without due process how are we to tell?) are as innocent of crimes against our nation as you are.

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3 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 25, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Los Angeles' insight into Chiasson's poetry is as vapid as one would expect from a TV town review of a significantly elevated art form. Moreover, dropping Pinsky's name in so disparaging a manner merely highlights the writer's (liberally described) underlying insecurity as critic. Witwer lands much closer to the mark. This book is a harbinger of great things to come from a new and remarkable poet.
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