Angle of Yaw by Ben Lerner

By Ben Lerner

In his daring moment publication, Ben Lerner molds philosophical perception, political outrage, and private event right into a devastating critique of mass society. attitude of Yaw investigates the destiny of public area, public speech, and the way the applied sciences of viewing—aerial images in particular—feed our tradition a picture of itself. And it’s a mind-blowing view.

The guy observes the motion at the box with the tiny tv he delivered to the stadium. he's topless, painted gold, bewigged. His exaggerated foam index finger shows the large reveal upon which his personal photo is now displayed, a version of fanaticism. He watches identical to his looking at the picture on his transportable television on his moveable television. He without notice stands with fingers upraised and initiates the wave that would eat him.

Haunted by means of our present “war on terror,” a lot of the e-book used to be written whereas Lerner used to be residing in Madrid (at the time of the Atocha bombings and their political aftermath), because the writer steeped himself within the historical past of Franco and fascism. despite while or the place it was once written, perspective of Yaw will extra identify Ben Lerner as one in all our so much exciting and least predictable poets.

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A drunk man calls out for traditional shepherds’ music addressing the theme of love, scratch that, the theme of boredom. The children are made to recite the Office of the Shutting of the Eyes. The saltshaker is full of pepper. The peppershaker: glitter. At the bottom of every drained pool, there I are. There we am, openmouthed, awaiting the small, angular rain. A drunk man brews a second cup, one for each fist. Great tufts of white carpet pulled out in grief, scratch that, in boredom. In the planar region bounded by our counterglow, no means no.

Remaining sensate into a late stage of decomposition, aka abstraction. Delivering supplies from the air is no problem. But to the air? – 32 – A WALL IS TORN DOWN to expand the room and we grow distant. At the reception, cookies left over from the intervention. In the era before the flood, you could speak in the second person. Now the skylighted forecourt is filled with plainclothesmen. I would like to draw your attention. Like a pistol? In the sense of a sketch? Both, she said, emphasizing nothing, if not emphasis.

To explore color, we realized, leave it out. Like exchanging genius for its stroke. The bald girl is interested in boredom. I’m interested in algal cells and fungal hyphae. Our grant is awarded in installments of cigarettes. We are trying too hard not to be funny. – 51 – THE GOOD AND EVIL, THE BEAUTIFUL AND UGLY, have been assumed under the rubric of the interesting. Non sequitur rendered lyric by a retrospective act of will. Tongue worries tooth. Repetition worries referent. Non sequitur rendered will by a retrospective act of lyric.

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