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The End of Spectacle
Virginia Konchan

Publication date: February 13, 2018


Carnegie Mellon Poetry Series

Carnegie Mellon
2018 • 72 pp. 5 1/2 x 8 1/2"
Poetry / Poetry - American / Poetry - General Subjects

$15.95 Paperback, 978-0-88748-631-9



New Poetry

“All hail the end of spectacle,” announces a speaker in Virginia Konchan’s anticipated debut collection of poems. Sharp, funny, serious, and elegant, the poems in The End of Spectacle have the intimacy and compression that come with the lyric proper. Through a combination of grand persona and personal narrative, Konchan is able to provide us a door into the consciousness of another while challenging the prevailing notion of human consciousness altogether. In this poet’s hands, individualities become opportunities, as Konchan pushes us to question our notions of selfhood and its relationship to our construction of the world. A timely collection from a poet who dismantles power structures in order to lament the damage in echoing song: “The idea / of freedom! Someone leapt: / someone else was dragged.”

Reviews / Endorsements



“‘How does one represent thinking?’ Virginia Konchan’s sumptuous collection The End of Spectacle asks. The poems themselves provide the elegant answers. Lyrically lovely and intellectually grand, each studious piece suggests glamour as resistance to terror and banality.”—Kathleen Rooney, author of Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk

“Concerned with the intersection between love and death and the body, Konchan’s refined, musical poems regularly arrive at genuine revelation.”—Allison Benis White, author of Please Bury Me in This



VIRGINIA KONCHAN is the author of a short story collection and two chapbooks. Her poetry has appeared in the New Yorker, the New Republic, Best New Poets, Boston Review, and elsewhere.



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