La Far (Iowa Poetry Prize) by Eric Linsker

By Eric Linsker

How some distance are we from the Lake District? How faraway from the backyard? Eric Linsker’s first booklet scrolls down the Anthropocene, monitoring our passage via a technophilic pastoral the place paintings and play are either varieties of making others endure with a purpose to exist. In La Far, the realm is remote close to, a hell with ease somewhere else within which staff package deal Foxconn’s “rare earths” into the “frosty kits” that go back us our content material, but additionally the ocean assembly land because it continuously has. either are singable stipulations and lead, irreversibly, to odes both happy with compliment and lament. The poems in La Far wish that through making the summary concrete and the concrete summary, “literalizing / a nightingale past / knowledge,” we'd build what Wordsworth known as a “Common Day,” a communized lifestyles partaken of via all.

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