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Blood Oboe
Douglas Piccinnini; Cal Bedient, intro.

2015 • 104 pp. 6 x 9"
Poetry - American

$17.95 Paperback, 978-1-63243-009-0

"If anything suffices in or near the Puccinnini ex-world, suffice it to say that each of his poems is something to marvel at. He has arrived complete, “already late, dismembering."”—Lit Hub’s Best Poetry Collections of 2015

Terse, provocative poems that question the assertions of our modern era

Blood Oboe materializes inside the labyrinth of the cosmos. These poems, possessed by tonal torque, writhe in frustration: in loss of faith, in the shadow of “progress,” in abject desire.  For lack of finding transcendence in the everyday, Douglas Piccinnini’s poetry recodes the vanishing pastoral and codes the new currency of the digital age—of the person forever indebted and on trial. “[S]tepping through a look” Blood Oboe moves through an expanse of “clipped moods” more than feelings—made from feeling, that seek “to distinguish time in time.”

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“He has done it—written poems of a gnarled toughness that can’t be taken apart, chewed up, seen through. Douglas Piccinnini has set the mark for new poems of a terrific integrity, unsmiling (their humor is deep down, waiting); poems sharply seeing. Seeing, for instance, that the mathematical universe is maddeningly out of synch with the negative numbers of the daily emotions that cannot catch up with the day: ‘what’s this dumb rope to cling to.’ Where is the sum? The transcendence? ‘All the coin towers / tooth down.’”—Cal Bedient, co-editor of Lana Turner, author of The Multiple

DOUGLAS PICCINNINI was born in New York City. He has been awarded residencies by The Vermont Studio Center, Art Farm in Marquette, NE and, The Elizabeth Bishop Society of Nova Scotia. In 2014, he was selected by Dorothea Lasky as a winner of the Summer Literary Seminars for Poetry. Piccinnini is the author of several chapbooks including Soft (The Cultural Society) and, Flag (Well Greased Press)—an encoded chromaglyph. Story Book, a novella, is forthcoming with The Cultural Society.

Sun, 3 Jun 2018 18:07:23 -0500