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Southness (Paperback) (Vincent Katz)

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Poetry. Following up on the generous depth of SWIMMING HOME (Nightboat Books, 2015) with this set of lyrically composed meditations, Katz cools, condenses and abstracts the tempo to a strolling pace. "Long histories" with "voices in the rain" at a "calmed _ simplicity" (and stripped of much punctuation) are transfigured by mind. Transport is offered with "a way of breathing" as a conduit by which to "confront solidity" in "Plein Air" amidst the "latent flux." Katz's lyric traverses a relatively southern line of latitude, its engimas "a hindrance" ... "on periphery / late in path" that while not fixed to a single location are immediately felt as true. The fresh concise forms of SOUTHNESS offer perception and response that contend with a "trembling avidity" ... "under modernity's / glare."

Accompanied with a vivid detail on the cover from a painting by poet and painter Etel Adnan, SOUTHNESS has been noted by John Godfrey to "exercise coolness while implicitly maintaining that nothing in the medium is not personal. Denser poems present mental spaces word-to-word that thread striking affinities. The words resonate, in their abbreviation, with feeling and honesty... The poet in and out of the shadows." And Peter Gizzi comments, "observation, personal declaration, and joy ... are abundant throughout this wonderful book. SOUTHNESS is a sensory and sonic adventure."
Number of Pages: 77
Genre: Poetry
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Small Pr Distribution
Author: Vincent Katz
Language: English
Street Date: June 2, 2016
TCIN: 51560393
UPC: 9780984607686
Item Number (DPCI): 248-24-7414
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