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Famous Americans

Famous Americans

Loren Goodman
FOREWORD BY W. S. MERWIN
Copyright Date: 2003
Published by: Yale University Press
Pages: 96
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    Famous Americans
    Book Description:

    This year's winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets competition is Loren Goodman'sFamous Americans. Hilarious, eclectic, and bizarre, this collection takes the reader on a rollercoaster of a ride through the absurdities of American pop culture. Employing a variety of forms (from epistolary to script to interview and beyond), this work proves to be as much about exploring frameworks as it is about examining the lives of famous and not-so-famous Americans. Goodman questions our concept of what it means to be an icon: he disrupts our assumptions, creating an alternate universe in which nothing remains sacred.

    eISBN: 978-0-300-13203-8
    Subjects: History

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-vi)
  3. FOREWORD
    (pp. vii-2)
    W. S. Merwin

    The imagery of poetry has been marked at times by a vital tension between basic convention and the unexpected. The polar relation between them began to produce radically new effects during the nineteenth century in France, with the precursors of surrealism and the ironies of the poems of Tristan Corbière, and then in the twentieth century with the beginning of the age of modernism. In the writing of Apollinaire and Max Jacob and others of their generation, irony opens the door to an element that had been absent from poetry for ages at a time, as though it had been...

  4. I FOUNDING FATHERS
    (pp. 5-28)

    The recital was to take place on a school day. I practiced “floating” day by day I went up and down the black notes on the page. After many days I had memorized floating. A week before the competition, my teacher said “Do not rest your hands on the keys. Keep your back up. Remember to say the title and composer loud and slow.” Mom picked me up from school and took me to the place. I said “Floating, by Zanini” and received a large bust of Liszt. “Who is this” I asked my mom. “That is Franz Liszt, the...

  5. II THE GOLDEN AGE
    (pp. 31-54)

    The schedule for the American Red Cross Bloodmobile is as follows:

    Today from 1 to 4 a.m. at the American Legion Hall, 215 East Gravel Road. (free turkey slice)

    Tomorrow from 8 a.m. to noon at Dove of Peace Lutheran Church, 666 Roller Coaster Road, and 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 1431 Tombstone.

    Thursday from 10 p.m. at Monster Truck Show.

    Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Saffron High School, 734 11thStreet, Saffron. (To give blood, high school students must be at least 70 years old and present a singed red parent.)...

  6. III CONTEMPORARIES
    (pp. 57-81)

    1706 Born in Boston, January 12 (January 6, 1705, Old Style) on Milk Street near Old South Church; baptized with milk.

    1707 Enters Boston Grammar School, and after a year is sent to private school.

    1709 Assists his father, a candlemaker.

    1711 Apprenticed to his brother James as a printer’s assistant.

    1712 Breaks his indenture and travels to Philadelphia, where he finds employment with Samuel Keimer, a denture maker.

    1713 At the frantic urging of Governor Keith, leaves for London in November with James Ralph.

    1714 Employed in London.

    1715 Unemployed in London.

    1718 Leaves for Philadelphia July 11¹, with...