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Present Vanishing

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Present Vanishing by Allen, Dick, 9781932511642
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  • ISBN: 9781932511642 | 1932511644
  • Cover: Paperback
  • Copyright: 10/1/2008
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"Let's say you had to choose a time-capsule book of poetry, one that allowed the future to feel what it was like to be a acutely alive in our time - or, as Zen Buddhists would put it, to experience mindfulness. Present Vanishing would serve that purpose, superbly, and it would drive forward the rich pleasures of our poetry as well." ""The echo of centuries of English prosody is everywhere apparent - Allen has long been known as a formal master. But these amazing new poems - each able to stand alone but also merging into Present Vanishing's total consciousness - are very much of this time, this place. Present Vanishing is a book where East and West meet, where Zen contends with social satire, often on the playing fields of American landscapes. In Dick Allen's new narrative, meditation and lyric poems, almost every work is a search for calm in the midst of contemporary chaos. Paradox is everywhere: the present vanishes, even as it is unscrolls before us."--BOOK JACKET.


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