No Chronology

Fish Karen
"On the surface, "No Chronology" is an austere book of poems, belying its diverse thematic and stylistic strands. Among autobiographical lyrics and narrative poems centered on landscape, we find dramatic monologues spoken by characters or historical figures, and ekphrastic poems that respond to works of visual art. Together, the poems examine some of the most pressing challenges of twenty-first century life: the ongoing problems of otherness and inclusion, climate change, the persistence of violence, and cultural attitudes toward aging. Throughout Karen Fish makes the familiar unfamiliar, heightening our awareness and asking us to look again at artistic, political, spiritual, literary, or historical issues that some might call "the new normal," but which are neither new nor normal. It has been many years since Fish published a book of poetry. "No Chronology" is a cause for celebration"--
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In No Chronology, Karen Fish's third collection of poems, she investigates those moments when the boundary of everyday life merges with history, imagination, and art. Fish was trained as a visual artist, and this way of seeing is intrinsic to her approach to poetry. Fish's reflections on art and life speak to our common experiences, and her power to illuminate the subtle complexities of the world around us lies in her keen and compassionate observations. These poems invite us to join her in looking both at and beyond ourselves. The outside world vanishes. No help comes.
Imagine, staring into the sun, then,
how the clouds spread out and open like wallets
over a few corrugated roofs.
Throughout this collection, Fish seeks truths about memory and loss, shame and redemption. She faces uncomfortable questions arising from our individual and collective actions, asking whether we are complicit in extinctions of species and how we reduce the humanity of prisoners by tying their identity to their crime. But these poems are also about naming life's particular joys: driving in spring, walking through the woods with dogs, or hearing a child speak through the mail slot. They offer a space to encounter lyrical meditation as an experience in and of itself.
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Publisher University of Chicago Press
ISBN-10 022676897X
ISBN-13 9780226768977
GTIN-13 9780226768977
GTIN-14 09780226768977
Series Phoenix Poets
Author Fish Karen
Edition 1
Language Code eng
Page Count 88
Publication Date Mar 1, 2021
Dimension 5.9 in 8.8 in 0.3 in