By Ben Lerner

ISBN-10: 1619320088

ISBN-13: 9781619320086

In his daring moment booklet, Ben Lerner molds philosophical perception, political outrage, and private event right into a devastating critique of mass society. perspective of Yaw investigates the destiny of public house, public speech, and the way the applied sciences of viewing—aerial images in particular—feed our tradition a picture of itself. And it’s a unbelievable view.

The guy observes the motion at the box with the tiny tv he dropped at the stadium. he's topless, painted gold, bewigged. His exaggerated foam index finger shows the enormous monitor upon which his personal photo is now displayed, a version of fanaticism. He watches a dead ringer for his gazing the picture on his transportable television on his transportable television. He unexpectedly stands with hands upraised and initiates the wave that may eat him.

Haunted through our present “war on terror,” a lot of the publication was once written whereas Lerner used to be dwelling in Madrid (at the time of the Atocha bombings and their political aftermath), because the writer steeped himself within the heritage of Franco and fascism. despite whilst or the place it used to be written, perspective of Yaw will extra identify Ben Lerner as certainly one of our such a lot interesting and least predictable poets.

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The White Rabbit disappeared as Alice was considering this possibility, so she was left without a rejoinder, in the solitude of conjecture. Alice thinks something about eliminating the desire for revenge. Alice was caught in the radiance of the not yet knowable. This, she thinks, drifting, must be the feeling of being young. She could not say in the radiance of the not yet knowable which seemed, now, a reason for youthful sorrow. S Why do shadows get longer? Alice asked no one in particular. It must have to do with the angle of light, she answered herself, but this answer did not make her feel confident.

A comparison to what? To the other eleven months. It is like the unkindest cut. You aren’t making sense. For Brutus, as you know, was Caesar’s angel: Judge, O you gods, how dearly Caesar loved him!

On the next day we would look for the previous day among the remains, the red bucket collecting drops, body parts strewn into nearby fields of lavender, pages and stamps and words still fresh, recoverable, easily reassembled into anecdote and news. The constant mild readjustment of expectation or anticipation to retrospection, adjusting the narrative line to accommodate the slight or major changes that curve it away or toward, altering the end, which, of course, is not an end at all, merely a punctuation with a circle around it.

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