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Exposition Park

Roberto Tejada

Publication Year: 2010

Imagine a walking tour of stanzas and prose poems that give lyric voice to sight, public speech, and spectacle. In Exhibition Park, Roberto Tejada delivers a command performance in mixed genres that compel an array of literary styles. His poetry undertakes a wide range of subjects motivated by artworks from Latin America and the United States covering the colonial period to the present day.

In serial poems, short sketches, guidebook parodies, painterly triptychs, translations, and other word-based dioramas, Tejada coins wonder with historical styles--baroque, classic, and experimental. As likened to a world's fair, the resulting voices intone global stories, the dream life of art, and first-person atmospheres both premodern and postindustrial.

"Tejada's work is with dismantling borders and upsetting classifications... The result is a layered poetry that finds its form in dense stanzas composed of lines that frequently veer toward a kind of fractured prose..."--Alan Gilbert in Another Future: Poetry and Modern Art in a Postmodern Twilight

"You walk through his world as a voyeur, a traveler of mirrors, witnessing your own reflection in the masses of flesh, simultaneously aroused and disturbed at the same time. Tejada's work is an invitation, a window into another world, unabashedly erotic, and succinct."--Christine Lark Fox, Poetry Project Newsletter, about Mirrors for Gold

Published by: Wesleyan University Press

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. iii-iv

CONTENTS

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pp. v-vi

ILLUSTRATIONS

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p. vii-vii

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

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pp. viii-x

1 ART & INDUSTRY

2 GOLDEN AGE

Lantern that was a lamplight, a clock

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p. 13-13

If we recognize the variety

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p. 14-14

When from my counted days

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p. 15-15

The memory of genocide

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p. 16-16

When I stop to consider my calling

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pp. 17-18

3 CATHEDRAL PYRAMID

4 BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE

Self-Recognition of the Fish

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p. 27-27

Diorama

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pp. 28-31

Esemplastic Negativity

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pp. 32-34

5 SKETCHBOOK

Leverage for power divided by insight

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p. 37-37

In dreams a joke

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p. 38-38

To you my antonym

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p. 39-39

Tyranny past participle desire

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p. 40-40

Between exuberance and snow

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p. 41-41

There is someone who knows

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p. 42-42

From otherwise known as stink city

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p. 43-43

Converging on scissors

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p. 44-44

To say that the value between

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p. 45-45

subject six seven siblings in remuneration

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p. 46-46

6 WALKING TOUR

Guidelines for Professional Practices

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pp. 49-52

7 DEBRIS IN PINK AND BLACK

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pp. 53-65

NOTES

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pp. 66-68

About the Author

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p. 69-69

About The Driftless Series

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p. 70-70


E-ISBN-13: 9780819569769
Print-ISBN-13: 9780819569325

Page Count: 84
Publication Year: 2010

Series Title: The Driftless Series & Wesleyan Poetry Series

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