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Days of Unwilling
Cal Bedient

2008 • 80 pp. 5 1/2 x 7 1/2"

$14.00 Paperback, 978-0-9754990-9-2

"Days of Unwilling creates relationships not through aggressive juxtaposition, but fluidly, through progression."—Samuel Amadon, Boston Review

Cal Bedient’s third collection of poems.

In Days of Unwilling, Cal Bedient’s third collection, a series of poems of mixed dialects and cadences weave together into a spiritual intensity that questions and queries our very existence in a universe that is spinning off its rails from the get go. Themes of art and artifice, sex and love, and even the ordinary details of life are alternately stripped down and dolled up with Bedient’s signature polyphonic wizardry. Brilliantly going where it hurts, Bedient doesn’t let up; he cuts a wild, wicked swath through each page with acumen and fecundity.

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“The poems of Days of Unwilling “love all things straining at their leash of blood.” In a voluptuous diction of art history, music theory, and philosophy, Bedient summons us to examine the solo body, the collective body, their leashes, and their blood—not as figures of imagination but as creatures, remonstrances, monsters, lovers. His genius is to have unearthed the widest possible lexicon to address (and redress) our times.”—Jane Miller

CAL BEDIENT is the author of two earlier books of poems, Candy Necklace (1997) and The Violence of the Morning (2002), and of five books of criticism, the latest of which is The Yeats Brothers and Modernism’s Love of Mobility (2008). He is a professor in the English Department at the University of California, Los Angeles and a co-editor of the University of California’s New California Poetry Series and of Lana Turner: A Journal of Poetry and Opinion.

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