The Cineaste: Poems A. Van Jordan

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The Cineaste: Poems  by  A. Van Jordan

The Cineaste: Poems by A. Van Jordan
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A remarkable montage of poems that explore film, poetry, and the elusiveness of reverie.A. Van Jordan, an acclaimed American poet and the author of three previous volumes, demonstrates poetrys power to be at once intimate and wide-ranging (RobertMoreA remarkable montage of poems that explore film, poetry, and the elusiveness of reverie.A. Van Jordan, an acclaimed American poet and the author of three previous volumes, demonstrates poetrys power to be at once intimate and wide-ranging (Robert Pinsky, Washington Post Book World).

In this penetrating new work he takes us with him to the movies, where history reverberates and characters are larger than life. The Cineaste is an entrancing montage of poems, wherein film serves as the setting for contemplative trances, memoir, and pure fantasy. At its center is a sonnet sequence that imagines the struggle of pioneer filmmaker Oscar Micheaux against D. W. Griffiths The Birth of a Nation, which Micheaux saw not only as racist but also as the start of a powerful new art form.

Sharpen the focus in your lens, and you / Sharpen your view of the world- you can see / How people inhabit space in their lives, / How the skin of Negroes and whites both play / With light. Scenes and characters from films such as Metropolis, Stranger than Paradise, Last Year at Marienbad, The Red Shoes, and The Great Train Robbery also come to luminous life in this vibrant new collection. The Cineaste is an extended riff on Jordans life as a moviegoer and a brilliant exploration of film, poetry, race, and the elusiveness of reverie.from Last Year at Marienbad A place, though visible, is like a ghost of memories.

Even memories one forgets linger in the space in which they occurred. Here within the expanse of vaulted ceilings, doorways leading to more doors, hallways leading to more halls, the faintest recollections absorb over time- no act will wholly evanesce.



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