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Emblems Of The Passing World: Poems After Photographs by August Sander

Emblems Of The Passing World: Poems After Photographs by August Sander (Hardback)

By Kirsch, Adam

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August Sander's photographic portraits of ordinary people in Weimar Germany inspire this uncanny new collection of poems by one of America's most celebrated writers and critics Through his portraits of ordinary people--soldiers, housewives, children, peasants, and city dwellers--... read full description below.

ISBN 9781590517345
Barcode 9781590517345
Published 15 November 2015 by Misc - United Book Distributor
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9781590517345
ISBN-10 1590517342
Stock Available
Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher Misc - United Book Distributor
Imprint Other Press LLC
Publication Date 15 November 2015
International Publication Date 15 October 2015
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Kirsch, Adam
Category Individual Photographers
Photographs: Collections
Photographs: Portraits
Poetry Texts & Anthologies
Number of Pages 122
Dimensions Width: 127mm
Height: 191mm
Spine: 18mm
Weight 286g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress POETRY / American / General, HISTORY / Europe / Germany, PHOTOGRAPHY / Subjects & Themes / Portraits
NBS Text Poetry Texts & Poetry Anthologies
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 811.6
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

August Sander's photographic portraits of ordinary people in Weimar Germany inspire this uncanny new collection of poems by one of America's most celebrated writers and critics Through his portraits of ordinary people--soldiers, housewives, children, peasants, and city dwellers--August Sander, the German photographer whose work chronicled the extreme tensions and transitions of the twentieth century, captured a moment in history whose consequences he himself couldn't have predicted. Using these photographs as a lens, Adam Kirsch's poems connect the legacy of the First World War with the turmoil of the Weimar Republic with moving immediacy and meditative insight, and foreshadow the Nazi era. Kirsch writes both urgently and poignantly about these photographs, creating a unique dialogue of word and image that will speak to all readers interested in history, past and present.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review I am stunned by this book the psychological insight, the meticulous artistry, the deep feeling that Kirsch's words don't so much project as release, as if something in all these mute faces had been finally freed. The combination of form and fleetingness is truly uncanny, like chiseled oblivion. Christian Wiman, author most recently of Once In the West: Poems Praise for Rocket and Lightship It is fashionable today to mourn the paucity of public intellectuals in America. Meet Adam Kirsch, one of the very best literary/cultural critics writing today a critic in the grand tradition of Edmund Wilson or Lionel Trilling. Rocket and Lightship is a delight to read. Marjorie Perloff, author of Unoriginal Genius: Poetry by Other Means in the New Century Adam Kirsch is one of the best of our cultural and literary critics He writes with stunning force and beautiful lucidity. Janet Malcolm, authorof Forty-one False Starts: Essays on Artists and Writers Adam Kirsch is the most exciting, the most serious, the most courageous young poet-critic in America. James Wood, author of The Fun Stuff Praise for Invasions Philosophically engaged rather than philosophically detached, Adam Kirsch brings a singular and welcome seriousness to contemporary verse. In his new collection, he trains a shrewd eye on the violence and vulgarity of our age, but also celebrates, intelligently and convincingly, the larger and enduring realities of art, science, peace, and faith. These excellent poems are triumphs of craft and hope. Timothy Steele, author of Toward the Winter Solstice In these unusually thoughtful, elegant poems, Adam Kirsch has consistently achieved the same end as the hypothetical light of the collection s sole sonnet: he has made our dark matter visible. Jacqueline Osherow, author of Whitethorn: Poems

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Author's Bio

Adam Kirsch is the author of two collections of poems and several books of poetry criticism. A columnist for Tablet, he also writes for The New Yorker and The New York Review of Books. He lives in New York City with his wife and son.

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