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Model of a City in Civil War

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Men carry a mattress retrieved
from a dumpster past the flooded
foundations of an unfinished
high-rise, an old woman catches
a pigeon in the folds of her dress
the dead smile and rise from swimming
pools or stand at attention
on stamps. The landscape can't believe
it's real—there is no ground
beneath it, like what mirrors do.

Adam Day is the recipient of fellowships from the Poetry Society of America and Kentucky Arts Council, and a PEN Emerging Writers Award. His work has appeared in Boston Review, the Kenyon Review, American Poetry Review, AGNI, the Iowa Review, and others.

From Publishers Weekly

Apr 06, 2015 – Day navigates the tensions between breadth and precision, and between the historical and the personal, in his excellent debut collection. Through a range of forms, he creates a liminal space wherein references to strange historical anecdotes share a stage with more introspective and personal utterances. Through this balancing act, what seems remote becomes highly accessible and mysteriously familiar. One might expect that "From such material it is almost/ impossible to create a picture// of life." But Day moves deftly, accentuating idiosyncrasies in the midst of the mythical: "Here is the cloud-helmeted sun, and here/ is the world smoothed and close/ to the eyes." In the process of weaving his materials together, he draws his readers into a sort of collective memory, thus fostering a sense of community. Readers become "Participant-observers; innocent// nobodies" who, after reading Day s accounts, are invited into an awareness of the "incompleteness of the past; the ongoingness of history." Day masterfully conjoins the still life with the moving landscape, the expansive with the infinitesimal: "blue skies and egg shells/ blown across a bald yard." This act of cracking and reassembling is a constant struggle, but there s merit in the struggle itself: "What s lovely about war/ is its devotion to thoroughness/ and order. It keeps count."
Model of a City in Civil War
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  • Category: Poetry
  • Published: Mar 16, 2015
  • Publisher: Sarabande Books
  • Seller: The Perseus Books Group, LLC
  • Print Length: 72 Pages
  • Language: English
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