By Ben Lerner
In his daring moment booklet, Ben Lerner molds philosophical perception, political outrage, and private adventure right into a devastating critique of mass society. attitude of Yaw investigates the destiny of public house, public speech, and the way the applied sciences of viewing—aerial images in particular—feed our tradition a picture of itself. And it’s a magnificent view.
The guy observes the motion at the box with the tiny tv he dropped at the stadium. he's topless, painted gold, bewigged. His exaggerated foam index finger exhibits the enormous display upon which his personal photograph is now displayed, a version of fanaticism. He watches clone of his staring at the picture on his transportable television on his moveable television. He all of sudden stands with palms upraised and initiates the wave that might devour him.
Haunted through our present “war on terror,” a lot of the ebook was once written whereas Lerner was once residing in Madrid (at the time of the Atocha bombings and their political aftermath), because the writer steeped himself within the historical past of Franco and fascism. despite while or the place it was once written, attitude of Yaw will additional determine Ben Lerner as considered one of our so much fascinating and least predictable poets.
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In an age of contact lenses and laser surgery, it is safe to assume that a person who persists in wearing glasses is undergoing treatment. – 54 – A BACHELOR made from a cake of shaving soap and a tin of dentifrice, pursued by an admiring throng of whiskers and teeth, announces a willful deadness of surface called publicity. The animate talks back to the animator, blowing his cover as delicately as glass. A poorly painted explosion either resembles a bunch of flowers (static) or a nosebleed (overly rich in color); the brushstroke itself must be made to mime the direction of the pressure.
There we am, openmouthed, awaiting the small, angular rain. A drunk man brews a second cup, one for each fist. Great tufts of white carpet pulled out in grief, scratch that, in boredom. In the planar region bounded by our counterglow, no means no. So does yes. Everything we own is designed to be easily washed, unlike the aprons of the butchers that we are. – 40 – WE DREAM OF RAIN that, in lieu of falling, moves parallel to the earth. Sheet after sheet of rain. Then an upward rain that originates a few feet off the ground.
Most people can be trained to sleep standing up, to sleep with their eyes open, to somniloquize, to somnambulate. Mobilizing this tremendous dormant workforce is an ancient dream. Astronauts sleep strapped to their beds, like lunatics, like the lunatics they are. – 53 – PEOPLE WITH ALL MANNER OF PHOBIA, a fear of heights or crowds or marketplaces, public speaking or blood or prime numbers, have been known to overcome their panic by wearing glasses, not with corrective lenses, but with lenses of plain shatterproof plastic, which not only impose a mediate plane between them and the object of their fear, but apply a comforting pressure to the bridge of the nose.
Angle of Yaw by Ben Lerner