- Paperback: 132 pages
- Publisher: Gold Wake Press; No Additonal Printings Listed edition (October 23, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0983700141
- ISBN-13: 978-0983700142
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,245,883 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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*Starred Review* Weldon Kees is one of the more mysterious figures in American arts. Born in Nebraska in 1914, he followed his polymorphous muse from coast to coast as a musician, librarian, writer, screenwriter, critic, and painter. He is remembered most for his poetry, and for his disappearance. Did he leap to his death from the Golden Gate Bridge in July 1955 or seek a new life in Mexico? In an extraordinary act of identification, poet and essayist Rooney (For You, For You I Am Trilling These Songs, 2010) improvises on Kees’ most haunting poems, a quartet featuring an alter ego named Robinson. Her loosely biographical, knowledgeably imaginative, and gorgeously atmospheric story in verse portrays Robinson as a dapper, talented, and bedeviled man who conceals his sorrows behind insouciance. Rooney weaves lines from Kees’ writings into her bluesy, funny, and scorching lyrics as she follows Robinson from elation to desolation as his wife succumbs to alcoholism and his dreams fade. Rooney’s syncopated wordplay, supple musicality, and cinematic descriptions subtly embody Kees’ artistic pursuits as well as Robinson’s sardonic grace under pressure. An intricate, psychologically luminous homage, tale of American loneliness, and enthralling testament to poetry’s resonance. --Donna Seaman
About the Author
Kathleen Rooney is a founding editor of Rose Metal Press, and the author, most recently, of the art modeling memoir Live Nude Girl: My Life as an Object (University of Arkansas Press, 2009), the essay collection For You, For You I Am Trilling These Songs (Counterpoint, 2010), and the poetry collection ROBINSON ALONE (Gold Wake Press, 2012). She is also the author of the poetry collection ONEIROMANCE (AN EPITHALAMION) (Switchback Books, 2008) and, with Elisa Gabbert, the collaborative poetry collection That Tiny Insane Voluptuousness (Otoliths Books, 2008). She lives in Chicago.
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Top Customer Reviews
This is one of the best works of new poetry I've read in a long time, and if there's justice anywhere in the world of poetry criticism, "Robinson Alone" and Ms. Rooney will win all sorts of plaudits.
Kathleen Rooney writes in a way that hits your brain and connects with you on a level few poets are able to achieve. (Trust me, I've read a lot of poetry that I simply can't get attached to. This is different.) The thing I love about this book was that all of the poems work together to form a story - they can be read by themselves, or as a novel. Certain motifs recur throughout the book, some of which only reveal themselves on closer reading. It's really impressive, and worth checking out. (And yes, it is addictive.)