Item description for The Elegy on Hats by Stephen Berg...
Berg's extraordinary gifts are devoted, in The Elegy on Hats, to poems mysteriously informed by the work of Charles Baudelaire (the great French master of the prose poem). In Still Unilluminated I..., poems reinvent the work of Arthur Rimbaud.
These poems come out of Berg's life and are placed in twenty-first century America, not nineteenth-century Paris. His masters' influence has reminded some of Joyce's use of Homer in Ulysses. That is quite a mouthful, but it is earned. Where Joyce's Ulysses is set in Dublin, Berg is always an American, urban revolutionary. He makes poetry out of the ordinary, commonplace and material, out of which his sexual and religious visions are passionately made. Stated musically, his poems are played on the cello, accompanied by brass, with wrong note effects that one hears sometimes in Stravinsky's Rites of Spring, with a touch of hip-hop.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.82" Width: 6.3" Height: 0.31" Weight: 0.4 lbs.
Release Date Jun 28, 2005
Publisher Sheep Meadow
ISBN 1931357951 ISBN13 9781931357951
Availability 0 units.
More About Stephen Berg
Stephen Berg is the author of numerous collections of poetry and translations and has been awarded the Frank O'Hara Memorial Prize, a Columbia University Translation Prize, and fellowships from the Guggenheim, Pew, Rockefeller, and Dietrich Foundations, as well as from the National Endowment for the Arts. Berg has taught at Princeton and Haverford and is currently a professor of humanities at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.
Stephen Berg lived in Philadelphis, in the state of Pennsylvania. Stephen Berg was born in 1934 and died in 2014.
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