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Green Squall

Green Squall

Copyright Date: 2006
Published by: Yale University Press
Pages: 96
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    Green Squall
    Book Description:

    Jay Hopler'sGreen Squallis the winner of the 2005 Yale Series of Younger Poets competition. As Louise Glück observes in her foreword, "Green Squallbegins and ends in the garden"; however, Hopler's gardens are not of the seasonal variety evoked by poets of the English lyric-his gardens flourish at lower, fiercer latitudes and in altogether different mindscapes. There is a darkness in Hopler's work as deep and brutal as any in American poetry. Though his verbal extravagance and formal invention bring to mind Wallace Stevens's tropical extrapolations, there lies beneathGreen Squall'slush tropical surfaces a terrifying world in which nightmare and celebration are indistinguishable, and hope is synonymous with despair.

    eISBN: 978-0-300-12964-9
    Subjects: Language & Literature

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-viii)
    (pp. ix-xviii)
    Louise Glück

    Before poetry began pitching its tents in the library and museum, before, that is, mediated experience supplanted what came to seem the naive fantasy of more direct encounter, a great many poems began in the garden.

    In the tense final decades of the twentieth century, poets have tended to treat the natural world as a depleted or exhausted metaphor: the old associations, continuity and renewal, like other emblems of hope, seem poignantly remote. Nor do artists seem tempted to resurrect them—they hardly lend themselves to the prevailing tone, to the particular set of tools a generation has systematically developed...

    (pp. xix-xx)
  5. PART 1
    (pp. 3-28)
  6. PART 2
    (pp. 31-42)
  7. PART 3
    (pp. 45-70)
  8. NOTES
    (pp. 71-71)