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Description of the World (Paperback) (Johanna Skibsrud)

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The Description of the World was the original title for Marco Polo's writings about his travels, but in describing the world, Polo also helped to create it. In this collection, Skibsrud asks: is our world really what it appears to be? How do we shape it through language? And if language can create our world, can it also transform or destroy it?

A sense of vastness permeates the poems. Vistas and open fields are created rather than described. In these spaces, Skibsrud confronts us with the question of our own annihilation: atomic warfare, nuclear fallout and apocalyptic imagery inspired by French artist Jean Tinguely's Study for an End of the World.

In turn, Skibsrud also addresses the subject of birth and renewal. In a final sequence of poems inspired by the birth of her daughter, we arrive at an understanding of ourselves in relation not only to the world we are born to, but to our role in a world we are still, and always, in the process of creating.

Number of Pages: 85
Genre: Poetry
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Paul & Co Pub Consortium
Author: Johanna Skibsrud
Language: English
Street Date: November 1, 2016
TCIN: 51536311
UPC: 9781928088219
Item Number (DPCI): 248-23-0294
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