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Anticipate the Coming Reservoir
John Hoppenthaler

Carnegie Mellon Poetry Series

Carnegie Mellon
2008 • 64 pp. 5 1/2 x 8 1/2"
Poetry / Poetry - American

$15.95 Paperback, 978-0-88748-480-3

A collection of poems by John Hoppenthaler.

Speakers in Anticipate the Coming Reservoir return to and survey terrain that was once their own and find it strangely defamiliarized. As they process the changes—changes they generally see as suspect—these characters seek, and sometimes find, something like balance between nostalgia and terra incognita. This collection may be, as Natasha Trethewey writes, “his nostos,” but it is also John Hoppenthaler’s paen to existential resolve as it is exhibited by souls who possess, as David Baker describes it, “all our wounded, belated psyches.”

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Reviews / Endorsements

"If the world is set on woulding us then where do we look to be healed, to find hope or solace or at least a balm for loneliness? Hoppenthaler answers this question with a paradox: we look back to what wounded us, back to the world, and we do so with the sort of serious affection that van Gogh described as central to true seeing, to recognizing the relief to be found in the ordinary . . . which becomes extraordinary in Hoppenthaler's hands."—James Harms

"In this aptly titled new collection, Anticipate the Coming Reservoir, John Hoppenthaler grounds an exploration of longing and loss in a firm sense of place. From upstate New York to the Florida coast, to the landscapes that exist only in memory and dream, Hoppenthaler knows well these places with tenderness. This is his nostos."—Natasha Trethewey

"The pressures are everywhere intense—from above and below—in John Hoppenthaler's Anticipate the Coming Reservoir. These clear, good-natured poems are populated with buskers and Tiki bar patrons, rocked-out lovers and squirrel-meat-cooking yahoos, every last one of them scouring the earth for peace or at least a little comfort. They are explorers sailing 'hopeful against the current' of our funky suburbs, our big cities and wasted bottomlands: all our wounded, belated psyches."—David Baker

JOHN HOPPENTHALER’s first book of poetry is Lives Of Water (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2003). His poetry appears in Ploughshares, Virginia Quarterly Review, Southern Review, McSweeney’s, 5 AM, Pleiades, Barrow Street, and elsewhere; his essays, interviews, and reviews in Arts & Letters, Southeast Review, Chelsea, Bellingham Review, and the Greenwood Encyclopedia of American Poetry. The Poetry Editor of Kestrel, he teaches at East Carolina University in Greensville.

Mon, 18 Jun 2018 12:07:19 -0500