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In a more than 20-year career as a rigorous experimentalist, Welish has developed an admirably careful poetic, constructing winning free-verse proofs that show language to be just an object that describes other objects, like boxes, paintings and walls. To objectify words and phrases, Welish often places "scare quotes" around them, making a sort of tough, lovely, funny math out of mental and social life: "As chair is to table, so hair is to fortuitous interpretation, we have said in selected/ nonsense. As dinette of miniature instinct/ is to 'dinette' set." (Welish is also a painter, and the poems' objects are often minimal but beautiful.) At times, the poems forget the human inflection and lose themselves in a stifled and grid-like scholasticism, as in a poem from the title sequence: "Interior increasingly studious is twice/ seen, once in profile, once in profile re-routed/ to the interior, where is assumed/ red, a quantity of it." But such moments of adamant geometry do not detract from Welish's overall achievement. Standouts among earlier books that have been culled for this collection are 1993's Casting Sequences, where Welish dramatizes her own poetic struggle of how to prioritize objects and people ("Alphabetizing the cards/ slavishly/ the person comes first,..") and 1991's somewhat more conventionally lyrical The Windows Flew Open. The four subsections of new poems offer plenty of "Arithmetic everywhere, with a little text"--the latter often involving Edward Gorey-like observations, as in "H is for Hat": "Regrettably, you put it near me." For Welish, as with the Alice Notley of Descent of Alette (or even the '70s Nathalie Sarraute), cordoned off words and phrases imply a poised and thoughtful consciousness, caught in the midst of intellective and amusing animations of things and thought.
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"...maps and annotates a world we can almost touch and see, yet which is clearly a space of the mind." -- Rosemarie Waldrop

"The Annotated Here" makes a wrenching, obdurate music." -- C.D. Wright

"The Annotated Here" occupies a substantial niche in the advancement of poetics." -- Barbara Guest

About The Length Of An Arc
Among Them All
The Annotated 'here'
At Table
The Black Poems: Black Diluvium (1)
The Black Poems: Black Diluvium (2)
The Black Poems: The Black Box Camera (1)
The Black Poems: The Black Box Camera (2)
The Black Poems: The Black Box Camera (3)
The Black Poems: The Black Boxstall
Blood Or Color
Bordering On Skill
Carpet Within The Figure: 1. Hercules As Inkstand
Carpet Within The Figure: 2. The Lute Player
Carpet Within The Figure: 5. Carpet Within The Figure
Casting Sequences
Chronic Dreams
Collaborating With Materials
Considerable Leisure
Corresponding Saints
Crossing Disappearing Behind Them
Crude Misunderstandings
Design, With Drawing
The Diaries Began
Drastic Measures
Empired Illumined
An Emptiness Distributed
An Exit Throughout
False Isle
Fete Champetre
For Four Violins
A Full Hand
Gaze, Blunder
Greenhouses And Gardens
Guitars And Tigers
H Is For Hat
'hasn't She A Ticket?'
Henry Cowell Plays The Standards
Historic Site
Inquire Hire
Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye
Krater: 1
Krater: 2
Line Drawing
'look, Look!'
Macbeth In Battle
Moses Und Aron
New Preface By Author
Objects Which Are Final
Of A Display
The Open
Picture Collection
Preparing A Length Of Arc
A Project For Aspects
Publicly Silent
Respected, Feared, And Somehow Loved
Scalpel In Hand
The Seasons Change
Setting, Or Farewell
Sleepless Before Sleep
Smooth And Rough
Some Street Cries
Still To Come
Suppressed Misfortunes
Thing Receiving Road: Jars In Translation
Thing Receiving Road: Rendering Mien
Thing Receiving Road: Still Life
Thing Receiving Road: Thing
Thing Receiving Road: Thing Receiving Road
'this Hit That' And The Like
This Near That
Touch Me Not
Twenty-three Modern Stories
A Way Of Life
Wild Sleeve
Within This Book, Called Marguerite
A Work
The World Map
-- Table of Poems from Poem Finder®

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Coffee House Press; 1st edition (April 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1566890985
  • ISBN-13: 978-1566890984
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,420,066 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 22, 2001
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This book raises one interesting theoretical question: does poetry have an obligation to be amusing, enjoyable, understandable, or is it OK to be boring, unintelligible, and "theoretically" correct? Like they say, I wanted to like this book. I really did. But, man, is it dull.
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