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A Duration (Paperback)

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Here, in his fifth book, Richard Meier transmutes years of daily practices of attention into mesmerizing trajectories through an always unfolding present.

In the poem-essays that comprise A DURATION, writing is a physical act where writing and lived experience support one another in bodies--animal, plant, mineral, and word bodies--that are injured and heal, that die and continue in new forms, playing new roles. Here, in his fifth book, Richard Meier transmutes years of daily practices of attention--be it to a line spoken by Lear's Fool, a train to Kingston, or "red inside green stem below eight white petals in a spiral with space between them attached to the yellow center"--into mesmerizing trajectories through an always unfolding present. In the collapse of the border between writing and the body, A Duration, "play s] both hearts with a heartbeat and kinship of place, time, mundanity in the continuous onrushing imagined joy."

"Though Meier...invokes the English Romantics, his techniques recall John Ashbery, pursuing a general failure of human speech to explain or arrest the fluid, always-disappointing world."--Publisher's Weekly

Poetry. Essay. Hybrid.

About the Author


Richard Meier's second book of poetry, Shelley Gave Jane a Guitar, was published by Wave Books in 2006. His first book, Terrain Vague, was selected by Tomaz Salamun for the Verse Prize and published by Verse Press in 2001. His book In the Pure Block of the Whole Imaginary was published by Omnidawn in 2012. He is writer-in-residence at Carthage College and lives in Chicago, IL and Madison, WI.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781950268788
ISBN-10: 1950268780
Publisher: Wave Books
Publication Date: June 6th, 2023
Pages: 120
Language: English