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Into It

Poems

Lawrence Joseph

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Into It, Lawrence Joseph's fourth book of poems, is as bold a book as any in American poetry today—an attempt to give voice to the extremes of American reality in the time since, as Joseph puts it, "the game changed."

Joseph's first three books dramatized the challenge of maintaining one's self in a world in the hold of dehumanizing forces. The new book finds him in a time and place where "the immense enlargement / of our perspectives is confronted / by a reduction of our powers of action"—where the word "wargame" is a verb and "the weight of violence / is unparalleled in the history / of the species." Along the New York waterfront, on a crowded street, at the site where the World Trade Center stood: Joseph enters into these places to capture the thoughts and images, the colors and feelings, and the language that give the present its pressured complexity. Few contemporary writers have been able to shape this material into poetry, but Joseph has done so masterfully—in poems that are daring, searching, and classically satisfying.

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"As Lawrence Joseph notes, 'the technology to abolish truth is now available.' Fortunately, we have poets like him to respond to this challenge, which he does in poetry of great dignity, grace, and unrelenting persuasiveness. Sentences 'made of thought and of sound, of feelings seen' give the lie to the destructive element that wants to submerge us. Joseph gives us new hope for the resourcefulness of humanity, and of poetry." --John Ashbery

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Lawrence Joseph

  • Lawrence Joseph's Codes, Precepts, Biases, and Taboos: Poems 1973-1993 will be published in paperback in September. He lives in downtown Manhattan and is a professor of law at St. John's University School of Law.
  • Lawrence Joseph Copyright Robert Buchta
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Poems

Lawrence Joseph

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