[librarianship Books] Epub Natural History by Dan Chiasson
Ct coda for a deliberately wide ranging work I stumbled upon this book my accident really a happy accident it turns ut I got it via stumbled upon this book my accident really a happy accident it turns Bec (The Demonata, out I got it via Mooch which I highly recommend wwwbookmoochcom in lieuf a book by Charlie Smith that the The Further Mishaps of Charlie Chumpkins owner couldn t find To be honest I wasn t even going to read this as allf the previous poems by Dan Chiasson I ve read didn t do much for me But nce I started it I couldn t put it down Natural History is really really good I am not in love with it but I would say I have a crush I especially like the way Chiasson writes in the 2nd person something I do a lot and something that doesn t always sit well with some readers r so has been my always sit well with some readers r so has been my In Workshops I Personally Like The Implicit Intimacy Of in workshops I personally like the implicit intimacy f you in a poem and I think poems like Love Song Sycas do this very wellI said Stop there but you followed meeven when I tore ur bed to pieces I did that I brought anger into the bowerand the sycas became menacing shouldersI also love the poems about elephants especially the bit about the elephant practicing his tricks at night in the dark an image that has haunted me for years though I couldn t recall where I d read it I still can t recall but perhaps it was in this very book It s good to be haunted I do recommend it Whimsical non seuitur Sex drinking profanity references to pop culture humor How does earning a PhD from Harvard em. As “The Sun” “There is ne mind in all Our Planet: Our Home of usne soul who parches the soil in some nations but in Kakoong, Pahlawan Pulau Awan Vol. 8 others hides perpetually behind a veil” “The Elephant” “How to explain my heroic courtesy” “The Pigeon” “Once startled you shall feel hoursf weird sadness afterwards” and “Randall Jarrell” “If language hurts you make the damage real” The mysteriously emotional individual poems coalesce as a group to suggest that ur natural world is populated not just by fascinating creatures–who in any cas. I liked how self referential these poems were Chiasson s references to himself were both touching and cheeky They drew clearly n an individual s set f influences and I enjoy tracing a poet s on an individual s set f influences and I enjoy tracing a poet s I m glad five years later I revisited this poetry and I m unsurprised to find a mature and slyly humorous collection no wonder it went ver "my head the first time around a time when I was mostly stuffing my face with junk food poetics "head the first time around a time when I was mostly stuffing my face with junk food poetics am amazed at the cohabitation in these poems f irreverence and solemnity I am also amazed at Chiasson s ability to inhabit ancient voices and craftily appropriate them for his purposes he ften knows exactly why he is drawn to certain writers and also knows who he is as a writer typically amalgamating the two with success The Natural History section is ferociously exact melancholic and charming From several angles Chiasson is able to match the physical size f the elephant with suitably mountainous pathos The final section balances ars poetica narrative and surrealism with circus like dexterity they re a chin ful f plates that never so much as wobble Hoorah The book makes it boldest most poignant statement in the 5 page Scared by the Smallest Shriek f a Pig and When Wounded Always Give Ground that ends the 5 page Scared by the Smallest Shriek f a Pig and When Wounded Always Give Ground that ends the Everything there comes together in a way that it doesn t seem to elsewhere making the poem the perfe. Dan Chiasson hailed as “one f the most gifted poets A Stepdaughter In Heat (Daddy Daughter Sex Stories) of his generation” upon the appearancef his first book takes inspiration for his stunning new collection from the Historia Naturalis f Pliny the Elder “What happens next you won’t believe” Chiasson writes in “From the Life f Gorky” and it is fair warning This collection suggests that a person is like a world full f mysteries and wonders–and eually in need f an encyclopedia a compendium In the End of everything known The long title seuenceffers entries such. Bolden ne s poetry Some playful moments and some tired self referential moments The freedom f free verse Considering how much Roman poetry makes an appearance tired self referential moments The freedom f free verse Considering how much Roman poetry makes an appearance this book it s probably not a huge stretch to say that Chiasson s voice reminds me a lot f Horace But I say this in that good way Where Horace Takes The Common And Everyday And Social And Horace takes the common and everyday and social and you feel his attitude toward it this attitude that is so florid and
"Enthusiastic Just For The "just for the f feeling Natural History is a delight f a poem and Poem beginning with a line from Frost is such a beautiful cascadeI was suprised Very pleasantly surpised Rescue a copy from a bargain bin when you next come across it want to love it don t love itbut it does many things that i want it to do it just never lifts ff Got this ne as gift from a colleague Was ne f the better collections The Age of Treachery of contemporary poetry I have read in some time Chiasson s poetry has a collouial ease with an unobtrusive techincal mastery If anyone typically bypasses the poetry aisle in the bookstorer nline not knowing where to start beyond the Frost you read in high schoolI would consider this a nice re introduction dan chiasson does things that i could never do in ways that make language exciting i like that his language is straightforward but his images and allusions are dark mirrorways into things you might not see therwise. E are metaphors for the human as Chiasson considers them– but also by literature by the ghosts The Catcher in the Rye and Philosophy of past poetries byur personal ghosts Toward the end Seven Sisters New Quilts from an Old Favorite of the seuencene poem asks simply “Which Species n Earth Is Saddest” a uestion this book seems poised to answer But Chiasson is not finally defeated by the sorrows and disappointments that maturity brings Combining a classic ften heartbreaking musical line with a playful fresh attack n the standard materials f poetry he makes even ur sadness beguiling and beautif.