The Americans

The Americans

DAVID RODERICK
Copyright Date: 2014
Pages: 88
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    The Americans
    Book Description:

    David Roderick's second book,The Americans, pledges its allegiance to dirt. And to laptops. And to swimming pools, the Kennedys, a flower in a lapel, plastic stars hanging from the ceiling of a child's room, churning locusts, a jar of blood, a gleam of sun on the wing of a plane. His poems swarm with life. They also ask an unanswerable question:What does it mean to be an American?Restless against the borders we build-between countries, between each other-Roderick roams from place to place in order to dig into the messy, political, idealistic and ultimately inexplicable idea of American-ness. His rangy, inquisitive lyrics stitch together a patchwork flag, which he stakes alongside all the noise of our construction, our obsessive building and making, while he imagines the fate of a nation built on desire.

    eISBN: 978-0-8229-8026-1
    Subjects: Language & Literature

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-viii)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. ix-2)
  3. Dear Suburb,
    (pp. 3-4)
  4. After de Tocqueville
    (pp. 5-6)
  5. On the Bullet Train from Hiroshima
    (pp. 7-7)
  6. Letter to Shara in Amman
    (pp. 8-9)
  7. Build Your Dream Home Here
    (pp. 10-10)
  8. California Clouds
    (pp. 11-12)
  9. Dear Suburb,
    (pp. 13-13)
  10. Target
    (pp. 14-15)
  11. Love Field
    (pp. 16-18)
  12. Ambassador Hotel
    (pp. 19-20)
  13. Terra Incognita
    (pp. 21-22)
  14. Pale Tornado
    (pp. 23-24)
  15. Dear Suburb,
    (pp. 25-26)
  16. Self-Portrait as David Lynch
    (pp. 27-28)
  17. In My Name
    (pp. 29-31)
  18. Koi
    (pp. 32-32)
  19. Self-Portrait as David Hockney
    (pp. 33-33)
  20. Western Wind
    (pp. 34-36)
  21. Pastoral
    (pp. 37-37)
  22. Akhmatova’s Ashtray
    (pp. 38-39)
  23. 44 Standish Avenue
    (pp. 40-41)
  24. 35 Miller Drive
    (pp. 42-43)
  25. Green Fields
    (pp. 44-48)
  26. 13 Pleasant Street
    (pp. 49-49)
  27. New Directive
    (pp. 50-51)
  28. Landscape with Tyrian Purple
    (pp. 52-53)
  29. Dear Suburb,
    (pp. 54-54)
  30. Thoreau’s Beans
    (pp. 55-56)
  31. As When Drought Imagines Fire
    (pp. 57-57)
  32. Passionflower
    (pp. 58-62)
  33. Dear Suburb,
    (pp. 63-64)
  34. The Locusts
    (pp. 65-65)
  35. Running Brush
    (pp. 66-66)
  36. Dear Suburb,
    (pp. 67-67)
  37. Eros and Dust
    (pp. 68-68)
  38. Running Brush
    (pp. 69-69)
  39. Faithful See Virgin Mary in Office Window
    (pp. 70-74)
  40. NOTES
    (pp. 75-76)
  41. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
    (pp. 77-78)