The Face: A Novella in Verse

By David St. John

A haunting and creative ebook size series of poems from the celebrated writer of Study for the World's Body.

The Face is either fiercely lyrical and in detail conversational. Coming to phrases with the failure of a good love, the speaker descends into his personal darkish evening of the soul. listed here are poems that discover the drama of the shattered self in numerous voices, calling on reminiscence to talk and mind's eye to make good looks from the shards. Slowly, the speaker reassembles his existence and back reveals religion in himself and the area. those poems display a swirling cinematic poetry of visionary scope; meditative and confessional in a few moments, ironic and playful in others.

Deeply passionate and uncooked in its candour, The Face can be for this new release of poets what Lowell's Life experiences and Ashbery's Self–Portrait in a Convex Mirror were.

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The evening used to be all fugue & moon. keep in mind that journey… XXII. continuously at the highway (or so it seems): the leap… XXIII. okay. I’ve had it as much as the following with Ted &… XXIV. good, Jan says, no longer having a look up as soon as from the web page… XXV. I had lived see you later within the black room XXVI. i assume retrieval from afar is healthier. lengthy distance, deciding on… XXVII. The voice, a woman’s, says, “You self-absorbed prick! ” & I… XXVIII. masks. Ghost prior to, ghost at the back of, ghost past. The masks. The… XXIX. someone says, i do know you as i do know myself, simply because… XXX. Then all of it comes all the way down to this, doesn’t it? Fucked-up… III. XXXI. good, you won’t think this, yet they’ve began to shoot… XXXII. Then i used to be given the trail of eco-friendly Tea. It… XXXIII. I rarely be aware of the place to start. The consistent harvest of… XXXIV. think about the benefit of liberate. This relatively candy man invoice… XXXV. using on my own south of marketplace highway, I see where… XXXVI. I grew up in Peckinpah’s valley, the brutal San Joaquin,… XXXVII. (Embroidered silk of the liberty pouch:) Tibetan tortoise carved of… XXXVIII. The silent limitless lifted from the white labyrinth; XXXIX. occasionally, even the relocating objective must nonetheless itself, till… XL. it can be time to desert my essay on “The… XLI. What an extended 11 months it’s been. The movie’s in… XLII. I’m kicking again in Charles’s workplace simply staring at the February… XLIII. child Jaguar. Olmec rains. internal time & sacrifice. masks of… XLIV. in the end all of it comes right down to religion. prior to… XLV. I couldn’t take it. Twenty mins into the 1st reel,… Acknowledgments concerning the writer different Books by means of David St. John Copyright concerning the writer I. I. I used to stay there, yet that was once earlier than the day past. the previous day is so uninteresting, don’t you think that? Even my black trench coat thinks so, & it’s very subtle, Having as soon as belonged to Dennis Hopper ahead of i discovered it at the used rack at Animal condo. Ron the landlord says, fingering The glossy ink of the lapels, “Dennis Hopper. ” “Cool,” I say. So into the brilliant day I stroll out just like the evening. “Face it,” Toni says whilst she sees me later on the sushi counter at Hama, “Dennis Hopper you’re now not. ” “OK,” I say— “But the highly spiced tuna’s amazing this present day. ” that's why this present day is healthier than the day past, don’t you think that? I stated that to myself, no longer To Toni or Ron or anyone. I acknowledged to myself, the previous day remains to be so dull; whilst I used to dwell there it used to be uninteresting & even prior to the day prior to this It used to be boring—I suggest, even prior to I knew it was once dull, ahead of yesterday—& if I nonetheless Lived there i'd most likely imagine it was once uninteresting. yet this present day… at the present time, the following with you status correct in entrance of me like The physique of a shadow or like a shadow bare as a physique, Like a lady wearing a physique bare As a shadow, like a shadow undressing ahead of a reflect, like the day past, Like a reflect with a shadow & a trench coat…. good, right here, this day, as We either undo the free belts of Our shadows, our trench coats, bodies, right here with you… It’s relatively by no means dull.

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