Place: New Poems

Place New Poems In Place Graham explores the ways in which our imagination intuition and experience increasingly devalued by a culture that regards them as mere subjectivity aid us in navigating a world moving bli

  • Title: Place: New Poems
  • Author: Jorie Graham
  • ISBN: 9780062190642
  • Page: 335
  • Format: Paperback
  • In Place, Graham explores the ways in which our imagination, intuition, and experience increasingly devalued by a culture that regards them as mere subjectivity aid us in navigating a world moving blindly towards its own annihilation and a political reality where the human person and its dignity are increasingly disposable Throughout, Graham seeks out sites of wakefulIn Place, Graham explores the ways in which our imagination, intuition, and experience increasingly devalued by a culture that regards them as mere subjectivity aid us in navigating a world moving blindly towards its own annihilation and a political reality where the human person and its dignity are increasingly disposable Throughout, Graham seeks out sites of wakeful resistance and achieved presence From the natural world to human sensation, the poems test the unstable congeries of the self, and the creative tensions that exist within and between our inner and outer landscapes particularly as these are shaped by language.Beginning with a poem dated June 5th, placed on Omaha Beach, in Normandy the anniversary of the day before the historical events of June 6th Place is made up of meditations written in a uneasy lull before an unknowable, potentially drastic change meditations which enact and explore the role of the human in and on nature In these poems, time lived is felt to be both incipient, and already posthumous This is not the same as preparing for a death It is preparing for a life we know we, and our offspring, shall have no choice but to live How does one think ethically as well as emotionally in such a predicament How does one think of one s child of having brought a person into this condition How does love continue, and how is it supposed to be transmitted Does the nature of love change Both formally and thematically poems of ec h o location in space time, Graham s new poems work to discern aftermath from future as the two margins of the form ask us to feel the vertiginous double position in which we find ourselves, constantly looking back just as we are forced to try to see ahead.In an era where distrust of human experience and its attendant accountability are pervasive Place calls us, in poems of unusual force and beauty, to re inhabit and make full use of and even rejoice in a responsive and responsible place of the human in the world.
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    • Kevin Lawrence says:

      I divide Graham’s work into two phases: early Graham (books up to her selected volume that won her the Pulitzer Prize) and later Graham. I prefer the earlier Graham, which began with a highly intelligent young imagination interested in being lyrically engaged and then evolved into a hyper-intelligent imagination interested in narrative and experimentation. Of all her books, The End of Beauty stands out as my favorite because it so thrilling combined a lyrical voice with carefully plaited stran [...]

    • Jeff says:

      By 1994 I was startled by the degree to which she had become a kind of culture hero within the poetry world -- one, let it be said, whose seriousness within the scheme of poetry as it makes its cultural way was well-suited to that period's puritanical fixations and its theoretical endgames -- but then a 1997 Stephen Schiff New Yorker profile scuttled many another's good will toward her, as it exposed what might be called the literary game's star making machinery, while the ensuing Foetry scandal [...]

    • BeccaAudra Smith says:

      A collection made up of five parts, non titled, with life themes shaping the material. Moments of C.D Wrightesque casualness, 'the yellow, which could be a god, why not', (p.18) contrasted with a sense of urgency, 'everything has to be sold'(p.8). There's an underlying depression that comes out, 'the world a place we got use out of' (p.50), particularly with the endings of her pieces, on single words like trap. However she also focuses intensely on moments of love, and suggests genuine emotion, [...]

    • Ann says:

      I liked this Jorie Graham. She caught me up in her metaphysical net. I am one of those annoying Graham fans who always takes a look at the new volumes but still likes her second book EROSION the best. It has always seemed to me that it's almost too easy for Graham to write very well. One imagines that much of the language in her poems is found or gifted to the poet. She writes deep, winding poems with great ease. Examples: "Sometimes the day/ light winces/ behind you and it is/ a great treasure [...]

    • Cheryl says:

      Jorie Graham is brilliant, one of the most innovative poets that makes you work hard. You have to read most of the poems out loud, and you have to concentrate. There is no easy way. I am not usually a fan of what I call "scholarly poetry," the poems poets write to keep their scholarly positions or to maintain their status. I am more interested in the raw, the romantic, the mystical. Graham excels at both, and it is exhilarating. I tried interpreting a few different ways, such as where she takes [...]

    • Michael Steger says:

      I read an essay a few years ago, with a title that went something like, "Reading Emily Dickinson after the Holocaust." That article (whose author I cannot recall right now) was, as the title suggests, an examination of the collision of a highly subjective and refined poetic sensibility with dehumanizing social violence on a massive scale. Reading Jorie Graham's profound and deeply moving "Place," had me thinking back to that essay's title--because in a way, reading Graham could be likened to rea [...]

    • Jude Nonesuch says:

      This is a really extraordinary book. It completely confounded my low hopes not just for it but for writing/literature of any kind, not least as when I got hold of it (from the book stall by Piccadilly station) I was going through a particularly egregiously existentialist spell and had given up on any thought of, I suppose, `representative power' in art or indeed anything of any kind. But somehow these poems transcended that (see – compare for example the impossibility of transcendence of any k [...]

    • Patrick Mcgee says:

      It is true that readers of poetry have to sometimes put aside their own personal preferences and viewpoints when reading some work in an effort to meet it halfway. For me, this was quite evident when reading Jorie Graham's collection Place. She has some beautiful lines and images and can absolutely write with the best poets out there. What held me back--even considering that I put aside many of my thoughts on what I feel the best poetry is--were the extremely lengthy poems page after page after [...]

    • Kristin says:

      I enjoyed this book more than I expected to. While I wasn't in love with every poem, the collection felt cohesive, and several poems were touching. I especially liked "Cagnes Sur Mer 1950," "Mother and Child," "Torn Score," "Lull" and "Waking."

    • Richard Downey says:

      Jorie Graham is one of my favorites. Her placement on the page seems designed to make reading more difficult. Whether it is true or not, the extra work makes the depth of he poems more apparent. Beautiful and elegant work.

    • Gabriel Clarke says:

      Not wholly convinced by some of the transitions but loved the energy and the meticulous cross-referencing of time, space and feeling.

    • Norb Aikin says:

      Maybe I'm missing something, but I don't get Jorie Graham. I've triedis is the third or fourth book of hers I've read, but I don't understand her or what she's going for. Her poems seem to ramble on at length about everything and nothing rolled into one giant word salad. Her line breaks are arbitrary and randomdare I say, nonsensical (and I can definitely appreciate a good line break). The very end of this collection contains a page explaining the purpose of the book itself, but it's hard to rec [...]

    • Karen Silvestri says:

      What strikes me the most about the poems in Jorie Graham's Place is the form. I work to understand why she breaks lines where she does and why she adds white space where she does. I read the poem, "Earth" out loud, allowing for the vast space that Graham uses between lines and noticed the change in pace when read with thoses spaces. The longer lines rushing forward and the shorter ones slowing down. I found a video of Graham reading her poem, "Later in Life." This was helpful, to hear the poet r [...]

    • Jeca says:

      At some point, as I read Place, I realized that when Jorie Graham is at her best, she makes me feel like experiencing Terence Malick's Tree of Life on the page. (And in my head.) For me, her poetry hits on the same themes of being - and experiencing time, both finite and infinite- that the film did. (And still does?) And yet I find her hard to read in the end. I generally feel like I'm in a groove and connecting to what the poem may be said to be about when the lines aren't broken in the middle. [...]

    • Craig says:

      To be fair to this collection, I believe that I read it at the wrong time in my life. I read it in small stressed chunks in between everything else that life was throwing at me. I don't think I probably was in the right state of mind and therefore I don't feel like I can fairly say too much about it.One thing, though: The line breaks. With all of this enjambment and tiny lines, it seems Well, I don't know exactly what it seems, to be honest. If you read these verses aloud, though, allowing the u [...]

    • Serena says:

      Place: New Poems by Jorie Graham, who is a Pulitzer Prize winner (1996), is a collection of poems in five parts that is about not just physical places, but also the place points in our pasts and the places in our soul that can define who we are. Her poetry is clean, clipped, and infused with nature and human perception, espousing the benefits and limitations of humanity.In part one, the narration talks of places in the moment and in the past and how they change over time based on the perception [...]

    • Bruce says:

      The subjects of Graham's poems seem not to be places as much as moments in time (pushing her infant son in a swing, say, or noticing the floor of an Irish cathedral). These she describes closely and painstakingly, in long looping phrases that lead to associations which then take off in long loops of their own. The results are very intense streams of words; they must have been exhausting to compose.

    • D. Arlene says:

      It's definitely interesting book of poetry. I'm not one to read poetry; I read it for a course. Her work is very much train of thought and reflective of her opinions about human interaction and the worls around us.

    • Nancy says:

      I think she developed her own signature, very interesting style, unique line breaks.

    • Nicky Enriquez says:

      Very fluid. Maybe a bit too esoteric for me.

    • Aaron says:

      The poems in this book have no end.

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