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Some Values of Landscape and Weather
Peter Gizzi

Wesleyan Poetry Series

2003 • 112 pp. 6 x 8 1/2"

$15.95 Paperback, 978-0-8195-6664-5

A visionary new work from an award-winning poet.

Peter Gizzi's poems move between bewilderment and understanding, anger and astonishment. His third book in a decade, Some Values of Landscape and Weather revives poetic architectures such as elegy, song and litany, to build what he calls “a comprehensive music.” Here musical and pictorial values perform against a backdrop of political, social and ethical values. These intense and exacting poems traverse a landscape of cultural memory that opens into the explosive, vibrant registers of the now. John Ashbery has written that Gizzi's poems are “simultaneously all over the page and right on target. He is the most exciting poet to come along in quite a while.”

From the Book:

We fought in a war, looking for a sound,
some frequency
a human animal could field
beyond the other registers of everyday
and fancy, a tuning perhaps,
to focus for this instant….
—from “Some Values of Landscape and Weather”

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PETER GIZZI is the author of Artificial Heart (1998), Periplum (1992) and numerous chapbooks. He is also the editor of The House That Jack Built: The Collected Lectures of Jack Spicer (Wesleyan, 1998), and in 1994 he received the prestigious Lavan Younger Poet Award from the Academy of American Poets. He currently teaches at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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