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Last City
Brian Sneeden

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, 978-0-88748-634-0



New Poetry

In his debut collection, Brian Sneeden presents a poetry that is equal parts spell and song, invoking scenes from the Greek islands, the loam-clotted fields of the antebellum South, and the city which emerges, like Cavafy’s city of memory, from the filaments of loss. These poems reach forwards and backwards in time, staging reweavings of such familiar myths as Persephone and Demeter, alongside contemporary myths of selfhood—while at all times conjuring and dispelling the alcoves, the porticoes, and the nearly shadowed rooms of the metaphysical city the self creates, and carries, from life to life.

Reviews / Endorsements



“The poems in Last City by Brian Sneeden accomplish that rarest—and most vital—feat in poetry: they are spells, conjurings, wards. The earth and the stars, the past and the present, life and death—they are all made new, or strange, or singing, here.”—Paul Guest

“A brilliant and original voice. Sneeden’s poetry reaches back through the Greek masters of the last century to their Classical predecessors, and in this journey finds a voice that is agile and entirely spontaneous. He speaks to the twenty-first century loneliness that comes from being connected to everyone and everything past and present, and to our fantasies of a future that will deliver us from this loneliness and perhaps from ourselves too.”—Peter Constantine



BRIAN SNEEDEN is a poet, translator, and essayist. Translations of his poems have been published in international magazines in Greek, Italian, Albanian, and Serbian, and his translation of Phoebe Giannisi’s Homerica appeared in the inaugural series of World Poetry Books (2017).



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