Severance Songs, Joshua Corey

Severance Songs

Joshua Corey

Publisher: Tupelo Press
PubDate: 3/15/2011
ISBN: 9781932195927
Price: $16.95
Quantity Available: 20
Pages: 84
SKU #: A01C

Poetry. Winner of the Dorset Prize, selected by Ilya Kaminsky. In his third full-length book of poems, Joshua Corey puts the sonnet to the test with this sequence of fractured, ventilated, and unrhymed poems written in the aftermath of 9/11 while Corey was living at a pastoral remove from war and terror in upstate New York. The tension between idyllic personal circumstances and horrific world-historical events led Corey to produce this series of layered poems, variously sardonic and sincere in tone.

"These songs shuttle between a past and a future, cast adrift or severed from a violent, ashen present into a necessary untimeliness.... What then of the sonnet, repository of desire and enemy of time? It is, as ever, that form by which we re-imagine subjectivity to confront altered circumstances, and to assess 'the shipwreck of the singular' in the maelstrom of the many...."—Michael Palmer


Joshua Corey is the author of four books of poetry: The Barons (Omnidawn Publishing, 2014), SEVERANCE SONGS (Tupelo Press, 2011), Fourier Series (Spineless Books, 2005), and SELAH (Barrow Street Press, 2003). He lives in Evanston, Illinois with his wife and daughter and is an associate professor of English at Lake Forest College. This is his first novel.

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