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Download DescriptionSIGNS FOLLOWING explores how the language of poetry can engage with history, temporality, and the fact of embodiment in the physical world of change and difference, while yearning for some transcendent guarantee of meaning. The poems in SIGNS FOLLOWING express this tension by pushing their language, occasions, and formal attributes beyond a comfortable clarity in an attempt to discover what meanings and values, if any, can reside on the other side of the work. In the course of these explorations, the poems engage also with the history and limits of the lyric itself, testing the capacity of the sonnet, the villanelle and the ode, among others, to deal with conditions of personal, political and historical extremity. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Ger Killeen's previous books include A Wren, which won the 1989 Bluestem Award for Poetry, and A Stone That Will Leap Over The Waves (Trask House Books, 1999). His work has been anthologized in From Here We Speak (Oregon State University Press), On the Counterscarp (Salmon Publishing), and American Poetry: The Next Generation (Carnegie-Mellon University Press). Killeen lives on the Oregon coast and is a professor in the Dept. of English Literature & Writing at Marylhurst University.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9" Width: 6" Height: 0.19" Weight: 0.28 lbs.
Release Date Oct 31, 2005
Publisher Parlor Press
ISBN 1932559213 ISBN13 9781932559217
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More About Ger Killeen
Ger Killeen's most recent book is BLOOD ORBITS (Parlor Press, 2009) His previous books include SIGNS FOLLOWING (Parlor Press, 2005), A Wren, which won the 1989 Bluestem Award for Poetry, and LIA A LEIMFIDH THAR TONNTA/A STONE THAT WILL LEAP OVER THE WAVES (Trask House Books, 1999). His work has been anthologized in From Here We Speak (Oregon State University Press), On the Counterscarp (Salmon Publishing), and American Poetry: The Next Generation (Carnegie-Mellon University Press). Killeen lives on the Oregon coast and is a professor in the Department of English Literature & Writing at Marylhurst University.
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A Good Sign Nov 17, 2005
I'm often dissatisfied with modern American poetry which to me appears narcissistic in content and undistinguished in its craft. Then I come across a book like Ger Killeen's 'Signs Following' and I breathe a sigh of relief. Not only does this poet show a real mastery of poetic technique (amazingly varied); his poems are actually about something other than himself-- profound meditations on all the big questions of love, death, violence, God... in language that is stunningly gorgeous (See the poem 'Lorca Leaving' if you want to know the meaning of gorgeous). In the heart of the book there is a group of sonnets called 'Chemical Wedding' which I suspect could become a classic sequence: it's almost as if Jung meets Yeats and produces these weird, unsettling moments of unsparing psychological clarity. I'm not sure I know of any contemporary poet who sounds quite like Killeen (maybe the early Paul Muldoon?). His new book gives me great hope for the future of kind of poetry from which you come away with a new understanding of yourself and the world...and many new questions.