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Justin Boening

Not on the Last Day, But on the Very Last

Poems

€ 17.95


`Winner of the National Poetry Series Mothers masquerading as witches and sepulchral bellhops who reveal themselves to be fathers: in Justin Boening`s debut collection of poems, selected for the National Poetry Series by Wayne Miller, nothing is as it seems. Peopled by figures both uncanny and tragic-lionesses who dance and cry, surgeons who carry with them the trauma of past lives, an opera singer whose notes go awry-Not on the Last Day, but on the Very Last uses the language of dreams and of fairy tales to deliver a keenly felt exploration of family, grief, regret, and belonging. A traveler leaves home for the first time, and asks, `This town / has nothing to offer me anymore- / Why am I still so afraid / to leave it?` In a psychiatrist`s office, a patient laments, `They always ask / about my mother. There should be a rule / against inheritance.` Here everything stands for something else. But though the Freudian mother and father lurk behind every sequined costume, continue to strip away the masks, Boening suggests, and you`ll find an even more primal absence at the center-Nobody, No One, mortality, death. Beyond that, we find, lies only the truth of our relationships with each other. After fighting off a crone-who may or may not be that ever-present mother-the speaker asks, `Why have I made it so difficult to love you?` Shot through with mournfulness, gorgeously spangled in its language-`a squall of chrysanthemums / and the weird`-Not on the Last Day, but on the Very Last is an unforgettable collection about our human failings and the grace we each seek`-



Taal / Language : English

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Paperback / softback
61 pagina's
Januari 2016
122 gram
210 x 140 x 6 mm
Milkweed Editions gb


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