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Mad Dogs of Trieste: New & Selected Poems Janine Pommy Vega

Mad Dogs of Trieste: New & Selected Poems

Janine Pommy Vega

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ISBN : 9781574231274
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272 pages
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Janine Pommy Vega is a splendid poet of the real world in all its reverberations and configurations. Her poems look out through earnest eyes, lyrical and cognizant, expansive and demanding, valorous, honest, open, discriminating and true.In Mad DogsMoreJanine Pommy Vega is a splendid poet of the real world in all its reverberations and configurations. Her poems look out through earnest eyes, lyrical and cognizant, expansive and demanding, valorous, honest, open, discriminating and true.In Mad Dogs of Trieste mythic figures glide past like giants over the landscape, embodying the poets passionate response to the death of her father, mother, friends, and the memory of former times. Poems of imperative and challenge announce the call to get up, abandon everything, go where no one has ever been. Later pieces examine the end of a millennium, offering images of wars in our prisons, on our streets, in the plazas of other countries. The work presses toward the light with a sense of urgency, straining not so much to find something as to keep moving toward it, as though the road that goes out into the world were also an inward-homecoming path.In a moving elegy for Allen Ginsberg, Janine Pommy Vega demonstrates the humanity and generosity of her vision of life, also her appreciation of its spore-like power to broadcast itself outwards into the universe, a radiance that spreads as it shines.Raking the yard I realizeyou are everywhere nowbroke a coconut for you, threw itinto the white water spring floodso like yousun behind the tree, the flesh of the coconutbobbing in the waterlike a skull in the breeze