- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: Wave Books; F First Edition edition (September 1, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1933517336
- ISBN-13: 978-1933517339
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State of the Union: Fifty Political Poems Paperback – September 1, 2008
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Politics are on everybody's mind. Wave editors and poets Beckman and Zapruder enter this slim gathering of poems--charged with cynicism, seething, sadness, surrealism and schadenfreude--into the discussion. From big names (John Ashbery, Lucille Clifton) to contemporary favorites (Terrence Hayes, Peter Gizzi) and newcomers (like Mathias Svalina, whose "Forgiveness" is a highlight: "This is a lesson on/ forgiveness: the scar/ forgives the knife"), many of these poets come at politics with hip aesthetics and liberal leanings. In her spare, affecting opener, Noelle Kocot writes, "Look at the landscape,/ A lot of damage, no?" Matthew Rohrer, addressing Dick Cheney, admits "it is a very good thing/ to watch you die." Yet many of these poems seem reluctant to answer what may be their central questions: What exactly is a political poem? What is a poet's responsibility toward politics? What can a poem accomplish? Or maybe the uncertain attitude often on display is a kind of answer for an America where it's become so hard to trust or tell what's going on, where, as Joe Wenderoth says, we must look to "transparency after transparency/ adorning whatever it is that moves us/ no closer to knowing." (Sept.)
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Well I suppose that's so. At first I wondered why editors Zapruder and Beckman chose only 50 political poems--doesn't seem like so many, does it? Maybe it corresponds to the number of states in the USA? If so it sort of works, but in no major way. It's a USA-centric book, perhaps on purpose, for during election years it always seems that we're the only country with any politics, whether for good or evil. The editors say only that they issued a call for poets to submit their "political work," and 1500 responses came in, sifted through by a staff, and presumably then they also asked individual poets for work as well, on the suggestion of other friends and colleagues. I wonder what percentage of the 50 poems here came via the "öpen call" and if, possibly, Ed Roberson's magnificent "The Open" reflects that call. It is possibly the best poem in the book and, significantly, one of the longest. That was my final answer, that the editors of STATE OF THE UNION limited it to fifty poems only because, on average, the poems were longer than those in your average anthology. Tate, Wier and Gizzi (Peter) sent in perfect lapidary little poems, but quite of few selections represent the most sustained poem I've ever seen by the poet in question.
In the end it comes down, I think, to that age old dilemma of a really excellent book saddled with a super-lame title. "State of the Union" indeed. Do you know, when you type in State of the Union at Amazon, and look under books, it list 110,021 entries? And that's just the books, I'm not counting other media such as the 1948 Frank Capra film with Tracy and Hepburn, a box office disappointment that would have done much better had it been called anything other than STATE OF THE UNION.