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Never be the Horse

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Never be the Horse by Beckian Fritz Goldberg
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This book depicts the world of a post-modern Dark Dorothy whose attempts to return home are foiled when she falls into the Garden of Eden, into the underworld with Walt Whitman, into mysterious versions of her own childhood. The poems evoke this night-time within the self haunted by mythic and shadow-paradises -- of home, homeland, the original garden -- where "every story is made to hide / the others". Here, Adam slips on a piece of Eve's clothing, a child falls in love with the bomb, and a mourner watching the whores chased from the cemetery laments. It is also a world of erotic disguises. Still, it remains recognisably this world. The parent lies to the child about death, and the child lies to the parent about death. In the journey between those lies, as in the journey taken by the horse of the title, language becomes the place of refuge. It is there that "one world is always beginning." From "willingness ...speaking its motherese", to the devil's "gossamer gibber", the voices in these poems discover that to be human is, as Heidegger said, "to be a conversation".
Release date NZ
October 1st, 1999
Country of Publication
United States
Imprint
The University of Akron Press
Pages
66
Dimensions
230x155x5
ISBN-13
9781884836541
Product ID
2967430

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