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From an “uncommonly fluent” and “rewarding” poet (The Observer), a collection of miniature epics that asks: can grace be found amid disarray?

The New World, Anthony Carelli’s new collection of poems, is an American travelogue that unfolds in a series of darkly comic episodes, with allusions to Dante as a thread throughout. In these epics in miniature, we meet a pilgrim-poet as he awaits the arrival of his child, a would-be Columbus, on the shores of a land “disenstoried” by explorers present and past. It’s a land and a people largely lost in mindscapes and mythscapes, haunted by sketchy aspirational visions, misbegotten misremembering, and emptiness. Nonetheless, the poet steps out to the shore to sing for the child—and reader—to do what Columbus never did: “land gently. / And listen and / listen and listen / and stay.” Constantly unsettling the rhetoric of inherited forms, the poet shaping these poems is always bound to the pilgrim, who cannot pretend to dissolve our purgatories but can only invite us—as a latter-day Virgil would—deeper into the uncanny encounters that encircle us. From an Arizona nursing home and a grandmother's memory of a stolen golden Schwinn in the occupied Philippines, to a tale of road-tripping west through Pennsylvania as sunrise transpires in the wrong sky, The New World opens strange spaces for us to re-see, lament, and re-sing the stories we tell.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half-Title Page, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Proem
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  1. I
  1. Dante Jokes in Peshtigo
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  1. The Buck
  2. pp. 9-13
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  1. Charlie at Full Speed
  2. pp. 14-17
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  1. Octet 9
  2. pp. 18-20
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  1. Where the Green Ants Dream
  2. pp. 21-26
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  1. II
  1. The New World
  2. pp. 27-30
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  1. The New World
  2. pp. 31-33
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  1. Old Trees Wave
  2. p. 34
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  1. The New World
  2. p. 35
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  1. A New Word
  2. p. 36
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  1. III
  1. The New Horizons Spacecraft Speeds Past Pluto in What We May Call the Blink of an Eye
  2. pp. 37-40
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  1. Country Canto
  2. pp. 41-42
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  1. White Mountain Song
  2. pp. 43-47
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  1. The New World
  2. p. 48
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  1. American Homeric
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  1. IV
  1. Revolutionary Word
  2. pp. 51-53
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  1. In Exodus
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  1. Osip in August
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  1. Fire Watcher
  2. pp. 61-63
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  1. Old Lines
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  1. Notes
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  1. Series Page
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780691218816
Related ISBN
9780691218809
MARC Record
OCLC
1261365195
Pages
80
Launched on MUSE
2021-09-05
Language
English
Open Access
No
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