To See the Earth Before the End of the World
Publication Year: 2010
In To See the Earth Before the End of the World Ed Roberson presents us with 120 new poems, each speaking in his unique voice and seen through his unique eye. Earth and sky, neighborhood life and ancient myths, the art of seeing and the architecture of the imagination are all among the subjects of these poems. Recurring images and ideas construct a complex picture of our world, ourselves, and the manifold connections tying them together. The poems raise large questions about the natural world and our place in it, and they do not flinch from facing up to those questions.
Roberson's poems range widely through different scales of time and space, invoking along the way history and myth, galaxies and garbage trucks, teapots and the history of photography, mating cranes and Chicago's political machine. This collection is composed of five sequences, each developing a particular constellation of images and ideas related to the vision of the whole. Various journeys become one journey--an epic journey, invoking epic themes. There are songs of creation, pictures of the sorrows of war, celebrations of human labor and human society, a respect for tools and domestic utensils that are well made, the deep background of the past tingeing the colors of the present, and the tragic tones of endings and laments, a pervading awareness of the tears in things. Most of all, there is the exhilaration of a grand, sweeping vision that enlarges our world.
Published by: Wesleyan University Press
TO SEE THE EARTH BEFORE THE END OF THE WORLD
PART II - THE WORLD, THEN
With bushes for thick glasses / But we can see
“There are things that I would otherwise..."
PART III - CHROMATIC SEQUENCES
1 Form in early movies / i What Color
2 we were not seeing movement / ii About the trees bending
3 Chromatic Spatiality / iii The spaces of color
4 1948: Art and Third Grade / iv not in the Folkways Collection
6 The Metaphor of Impressionism / vi your skin
7 advances in latitude / vii The still green latitude
11 Architectural Program / xi travel structure
PART IV - PLAYGROUND AND PARKS DEPARTMENT MUSIC
NEW WORLD ORCHESTRA IN THE MARKET OF THE WEAVERS
3. saxophone - THEN THERE’S THIS ONE, PICK HIM UP
PLAYGROUND AND PARKS DEPARTMENT MUSIC
BOY GOD QUETZALCOATL WATER SHAPE STOOD
A SLIM VOLUME TAKEN INTO THE PROVINCES
Page Count: 180
Illustrations: 5 illus.
Publication Year: 2010
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