Almost Invisible

Strand, Mark (Book - 2012)
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Almost Invisible
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From Pulitzer Prize-winner Mark Strand comes an exquisitely witty and poignant series of prose poems. Sometimes appearing as pure prose, sometimes as impure poetry, but always with Strand's clarity and simplicity of style, they are like riddles, their answers vanishing just as they appear within reach. Fable, domestic satire, meditation, joke, and fantasy all come together in what is arguably the liveliest, most entertaining book that Strand has yet written.
Authors: Strand, Mark, 1934-
Title: Almost invisible
Publisher: New York : Alfred A Knopf, 2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: x, 53 p. ;,22 cm.
Notes: "This is a Borzoi book"--T.p. verso.
Contents: A banker in the brothel of blind women
Bury your face in your hands
Anywhere could be somewhere
Harmony in the boudoir
Clarities of the nonexistent
The minister of culture gets his wish
The old age of nostalgia
Dream testicles, vanished vaginas
The students of the ineffable
The everyday enchantment of music
The buried melancholy of the poet
Ever so many hundred years hence
Exhaustion at sunset
Clear in the September light
You can always get there from here
The gallows in the garden
Love silhouetted by lamplight
The triumph of the infinite
The mysterious arrival of an unusual letter
Poem of the Spanish poet
The enigma of the infinitesimal
A dream of travel
The emergency room at dusk
Once upon a cold November morning
Provisional eternity
The street at the end of the world
The Nietzschean hourglass, or the future's misfortune
An event about which no more need be said
A short panegyric
Hermetic melancholy
A letter from Tegucigalpa
Mystery and solitude in Topeka
There was nothing to be done
No words can describe it
In the afterlife
Futility in Key West
On the hidden beauty of my sickness
With only the stars to guide us
Trouble in Pocatello
Like a leaf carried off by the wind
The social worker and the monkey
Nobody knows what is known
Those little legs and awful hands
Not to miss the great thing
Nocturne of the poet who loved the moon
In the grand ballroom of the new eternity
When I turned a hundred.
Local Note: 15 118 122 152
ISBN: 9780307957313
Statement of Responsibility: Mark Strand
Subject Headings: American poetry 20th century.
Topical Term: American poetry
LCCN: 2011025432
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Jul 09, 2014
  • FishbowlB77 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This new set of poems by Mark Strand is a bit dark, but short. The way they were written were new to me, but very good. This, in other words, is a good read.

Jul 02, 2012
  • e_inkwell rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Not my favorite Strand by a long shot. I do love that he is always trying new formats and there's a playfulness in the language as well as in the content. But, some are successful while others are not for me in this collection.


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