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Accepting the Disaster Poems One of The New York Times Favorite Poetry Books of An astonishing new collection from one of our finest emerging poetsA shark s tooth the shape shifting cloud drifting from a smokestack the s

  • Title: Accepting the Disaster: Poems
  • Author: Joshua Mehigan
  • ISBN: 9780374100988
  • Page: 180
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Accepting the Disaster: Poems By Joshua Mehigan, One of The New York Times 10 Favorite Poetry Books of 2014An astonishing new collection from one of our finest emerging poetsA shark s tooth, the shape shifting cloud drifting from a smokestack, the smoke detectors that hang, ominous but disregarded, overhead very little escapes the watchful eye of Joshua Mehigan The poems in Accepting the Disaster range from lyric miniaOne of The New York Times 10 Favorite Poetry Books of 2014An astonishing new collection from one of our finest emerging poetsA shark s tooth, the shape shifting cloud drifting from a smokestack, the smoke detectors that hang, ominous but disregarded, overhead very little escapes the watchful eye of Joshua Mehigan The poems in Accepting the Disaster range from lyric miniatures like The Crossroads, a six line sketch of an accident scene, to The Orange Bottle, an expansive narrative page turner whose main character suffers a psychotic episode after quitting medication Mehigan blends the naturalistic milieu of such great chroniclers of American life as Stephen Crane and Studs Terkel with the cinematic menace and wonder of Fritz Lang Balanced by the music of his verse, this unusual combination brings an eerie resonance to the real lives and institutions it evokes These poems capture with equal tact the sinister quiet of a deserted Main Street, the tragic grandiosity of Michael Jackson, the loneliness of a self loathing professor, the din of a cement factory, and the saving grandeur of the natural world This much anticipated second collection is the work of a nearly unrivaled craftsman, whose first book was called by Poetry a work of some poise and finish, by turns delicate and robust.

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    1. Accepting the Disaster, Joshua Mehigan s second collection of poems, hit bookstore shelves earlier this week, a solid decade after the publication of his quietly accomplished 2004 debut The Optimist In the interval, new poems and essays by Mehigan have frequently enlivened the pages of Poetry Magazine, giving hints as to what this long awaited second collection might contain Recent magazine publications like the 2011 tour de force essay I Thought You Were a Poet, an intimate and often hilarious [...]

    2. Accepting the Disaster is a revelation It combines rhyming poetry with blue collar roots It made me maudlin about my small hometown and painted a unique picture of America in transition Highly recommended.

    3. This book just fucking rocks That may seem like an odd sentence to describe a collection of formalist yes, rhymed and metered poetry, but it s true Don t believe me Google Mehigan s poem The Orange Bottle, available from the POETRY Magazine site I ll wait here while you read it.Finished Did it blow the top of your damn head off Yeah it did.Y all go get this book It s terrific.

    4. Joshua Mehigan s second collection of poetry, Accepting the Disaster, is an individual collection of work that makes use of traditional poetic forms and meter such as sonnets, iambic pentameter, ballad, and triolet This use of traditional poetic forms allows Mehigan to uncover a dark postindustrial world with precision, while having a sympathetic human voice who speaks to the reader Mehigan s work depicts a world we all know, a world of death, pollution, mental illness, and sadness Accepting the [...]

    5. It seems to me the fundamental problem for any poet is the problem of poetic diction Why do I think so 1 poetic diction has always been the problem Not just for Wordsworth It was for Eliot and it has been since Eliot It was for Chaucer who broke away from the old poetic diction It is what makes Elizabethans Elizabethans, what is the whole point of Milton W.H Auden can write formal verse and not sound like other ages because he has solved for himself the problem of poetic diction.2 because no poe [...]

    6. Spare and haunting poems many about the everyday, e.g payphones, smokestacks, a crossroads He gives the reader enough to imagine and build the rest.

    7. Joshua Mehigan is one of the young, avante garde writer who seems to be turning the tide in American poetry toward a new, architectual style Don t expect to find any incidental, free verse pablum in the style of Robert Bly, Bukowski or Mary Oliver in Accepting the Disaster Nor is there a great deal of the solipsistic John Berryman John Ashbery I m a genius so everything I toss off after drinking a bottle at midnight is brilliant, even if you don t understand a fecking word kind of obfuscation i [...]

    8. If there is one thing Joshua Mehigan does particularly well, it s his insanely competent ability to write rhyming poetry that read as naturally as free verse I was drawn to Mehigan s Accepting the Disaster by a vapidly breathless review of the book in The New Republic and bought it immediately However, mainly because I value starkly vivid and unexpected imagery than anything else in poetry, I was disappointed by the natural ordinariness of the poems There are exceptions here, but mainly these p [...]

    9. The poems in this book are not a disaster by a long shot, even though I ultimately did not find this collection as lyrically charming overall as Mehigan s first book, The Optimist.The centerpiece is the 17 page poem The Orange Bottle , about a schizophrenic who stops taking his medicine It is an impressive and extended narrative work using rhyme and lyrically precise rhythm to drive itself forward without flagging Mehigan often makes this kind of thing look easy when it isn t, but he is such a s [...]

    10. Not every piece in this collection was my favorite, but I m going to go ahead and 5 star this book The last two poems, Accepting the Disaster and Shark s Tooth were each in their own way special The most surprising thing in reading this was finding myself alternately appreciating and then being annoyed by the rhymes and rhythms This writer doesn t cling to free verse, but played with words and sounds much than I see in poetry in general He also pulled off some effective images of ordinary life [...]

    11. Amazing gripping verse I admire Josh for his abilities with meter rhyme He is a master at both of those elements of poetry This work shines a light on the power form can have on the reading and rendering of poetry The form aside not really because form drives function and content the overall work is gut wretchingly intense There is a sadness that hangs on nearly every page There is also humor, at times, and there are observations and wonderings that are haunting well after you ve read them The t [...]

    12. I wanted to check out of Joshua Mehigan after reading The Fair in Poetry and seeing that he won the magazine s Levinson prize And while I find his poems smart, it turns out I don t find them particularly interesting, which is purely a thing of taste.My favorites The Sponge, The Bowl, At Home, and The Orange Bottle.

    13. I don t read much poetry so I don t know how to rate Accepting the Disaster I read it aloud to my 3 week old daughter, which was a wonderful experience despite the dark nature of the collection The drawback was that I don t comprehend as much when I read out loud, so only the longer, less subtle poems affected me Those few, especially The Orange Bottle, were quite affecting indeed.

    14. Wish I had liked this , but it just didn t connect with me Every once in a while a line or poem would strike me, or open up a bit, but too often the rhyming felt juvenile and the meaning surface level Love the central conceit of the book though disasters and decay and death and endings.

    15. I really liked these poems Beautiful and appropriate language and rhythm I would go back and re read these The one I liked least was the title poem Accepting the Disaster It was O.K but a bit gimmicky On the whole though, this is an excellent book of poetry Kind of like a mirror.

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