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Sight Map by Brian Teare

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Original Title: Sight Map


ISBN: 0520258762
ISBN13: 9780520258761
Autor: Brian Teare (Goodreads Author)
Rating: 4.4 of 5 stars (963) counts
Original Format: Paperback, 96 pages
Download Format: PDF, DJVU, iBook, MP3.
Published: March 2nd 2009 / by University of California Press / (first published January 1st 2009)
Language: English
Genre(s):
Poetry- 33 users
Glbt >Queer- 2 users

Description:

In Sight Map Brian Teare blends the speculative poetics of the San Francisco Renaissance with a
postconfessional candor to embody the "open field" tradition of such poets as Robin Blaser and
Robert Duncan. Teare provides us with poems that insist on the simultaneous physical
embodiment of tactile pleasurethat which is found in the textures of thought and languageas
well as the action of syntax. Partly informed by an ecological imagination that leads him back to
Emerson and Thoreau, Teare's method and fragmented style are nevertheless up to the moment.
Remarkable in its range, Sight Map serves at once as a cross-country travelogue, a pilgrim's
gnostic progress, an improvised field guide, and a postmodern "pillowbook," recording the erotic
conflation of lover and beloved, deity and doubter.

About Author:

A former National Endowment for the Arts fellow, Brian Teare is the recipient of poetry fellowships
from the MacDowell Colony, the American Antiquarian Society, the Fund for Poetry, and the
Headlands Center for the Arts. He is the author of The Room Where I Was Born, Sight Map, the
Lambda-award winning Pleasure, and Companion Grasses, a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Award.
His fifth book, The Empty Form Goes All the Way to Heaven, will be out from Ahsahta in
September 2015. After over a decade of teaching and writing in the San Francisco Bay area, he is
now an Assistant Professor at Temple University, and lives in Philadelphia, where he makes
books by hand for his micropress, Albion Books.

Other Editions:
- Sight Map: Poems (ebook)

- Sight map

- Sight Map
- Sight Map (ebook)

- Sight Map: Poems (Hardcover)

Books By Author:

- Room Where I Was Born

- Companion Grasses
- Pleasure (New Series #37)

- The Empty Form Goes All the Way to Heaven

- Transcendental Grammar Crown

Books In The Series:

- For

- Enola Gay

- Selected Poems
- Sleeping With the Dictionary

- Commons

- The Guns and Flags Project

- Gone

- Why/Why Not

- A Carnage in the Lovetrees

- The Seventy Prepositions

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May 03, 2009


Paula
Rated it: really liked it
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Todd Melicker
Shelves: poetry
These are poems of place and sexual desire, of location and dislocation. They are also a
conversation that the poet has with himself regarding the nature and use of prayer. That said, it is
Teares language, more than his ideas, that shines through this collection. And the logic of the
language here is one of choice rather than chance. Teares poetic skills are finely honed and he
wields them with great precision. He has no truck with sloppiness. Perhaps sex as he describes it
here can be messy
These are poems of place and sexual desire, of location and dislocation. They are also a
conversation that the poet has with himself regarding the nature and use of prayer. That said, it is
Teares language, more than his ideas, that shines through this collection. And the logic of the
language here is one of choice rather than chance. Teares poetic skills are finely honed and he
wields them with great precision. He has no truck with sloppiness. Perhaps sex as he describes it
here can be messy (psychologically speaking), but craft can not. One of the tasks he seems to
have set for himself is to chisel out a God-concept/location from raw materials that include
Pennsylvania rivers and birch trees, hot summer days on Oakland streets, and the insistence of
Eros just about everywhere. I particularly admired the long poem Emerson Susquehanna that
opens the collection: what began as white/ grew whiter/ by virtue of contrast/ until it seemed
overexposed/ so little shadow was left/ like a sentence revised too often/ what happens is the
mind/ travels outward/ because it wants to be the soul it has heard tell of. (9). A later, reiterative
poem Sanctuary, Its Root Sanctus also caught my attention (by reiterative, I mean that the poem
repeats itself in a manner both exact and interesting): and it is this fullness most resembles my
experience of God . . . . I try to keep it herethe lake and its descriptionbefore it becomes
metaphor . . . .the lake interpreted/ is no lake at all . . .being fucked is a version of prayer . . . . and
birds// disturb interpretations/ I in turn have interpreted. (61-62)
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