A Carnage in the Lovetrees: Poems

Surely, all art is the consequence of one 's having been in danger, of having gone through an experience all the way to the beginnin, " said Rilke. A Carnage in the Lovetrees begins at the moment the speaker reaches this realization. He resolves then to rebuild a world caught in the crosshairs of repeated annihilation, regrounding love as the only viable stratagem for survival. Richard Greenfield ’ s sequence of poems searches for a pat to live in the ftermath of private trauma and public disaster. It represents a struggle to reconcile the historical with the present and to find a language that allows the speaker to endure past calamities. These relentless, acrobatic, and self-aware poems resist settling for easy solutions, or even closure, but instead push toward the difficult compromise of the livable.
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Published April 30th 2003 by University of California Press
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A Carnage in the Lovetrees (New California Poetry)
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