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Sum of Every Lost Ship (Csu Poetry Series) Paperback – November 16, 2009
Intrusion: A Novel
A loving couple, grieving the loss of their son, finds their marriage in free fall when a beautiful, long-lost acquaintance inserts herself into their lives. Learn More
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The pilgrim heart, as one of Allison Titus s exquisite phrasings has it, requires an unmooring, a letting go, into a world marked by passing journeys, passing architectures, almost-lost motels for intimates to get lost in a hardscrabble world rich with leavings. An internality emerges, sets out, to congress with the obstinate, the creaturely. This poetry s experiment takes us to the fact that the everyday is also experimental, in that, familiar as it is, it can never, if it is seen intensely enough to be durably writ, be wholly predicted. So fine a lyric sensibility as the reader will find in these poems is all the more compelling for acknowledging the human limits of the lyric, for making hard choices, even refusals, and for never romanticizing omission i.e., obliteration but testing it at every step with earthly perceptions. Allison Titus's Sum of Every Lost Ship presents readers with a striking new poetry, and a beautiful and truly original voice. --William Olsen
We choose / what soothes us, writes Allison Titus in this intricate collection, and yet I don t quite believe her; Titus s choices here are invariably brave and unflinching, thus wonderfully jarring. She pays careful attention, and her sights land on deafening gallops, shipwrecked utterances, waking night terrors. This close-up looking reminds us of our essential predicament What we need / is a surefire way to strap the bed / onto the trembling boat, she tells us and yet, in Titus s steady hands, capsize seems not only necessary danger but uncanny adventure. --Kerri Webster
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Titus's book also presents us with a whole new female--a modern female, one who sees the world and its artifacts for exactly what they are--soft and hard, beautiful and ugly. Titus is as comfortable mentioning power plants, color TV sets, radios, powerlines, vending machines, clocks, automotive plants and batteries as she is comfortable mentioning handmade lace, corsets, tourniquets, cakes, doll eyes, dresses, heels and ribbons. She has married the two extremes and painted a provoking picture of life in the modern world, as a modern woman--not just that--as a modern observer. But she has done so discreetly. Many of these poems seem that they could be describing another century entirely, until some quick mention of a television or a radio propels the poem into the present day. But despite this, we feel that we are witnessing hundred year old histories, histories that seem remarkably and sometimes disturbingly familiar.
"Sum of Every Lost Ship" delves into relationships, why we have done what we've done, what we remember, what we have lost. These poems are nearly photographs.Read more ›