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pool [5 choruses]
Endi Bogue Hartigan

2014 • 104 pp. 6 x 9"
Poetry / Poetry - American / Poetry - Women Authors

$17.95 Paperback, 978-1-890650-92-6

For sale in the US and its dependencies only

“Divided into five choruses, the work is troubled by and troubles the notion of a chorus as the many and the one, a laboratory in which individual identity is obliterated... [continued in Reviews below]”—Publishers Weekly

Here, the many permutations of lyric explore slippage and fusion, of singular to multiple, personal to social, sentience to what seeks beyond the sensate world, of both our crisis and choral communion that is, and is always more than voice reveals

Hartigan’s Pool [5 choruses] takes readers into a porous realm where singular and multiple voices fuse. Amidst high levels of public noise—reportage on wars, elections, more—these poems journey into the accruals, interstices, and resistances of pooled and individual song. Through continuously recalibrating voices and forms, they explore: how do we distinguish personal cry from choral cry, song from noise, the "fragile, wet word of the spirit" from an over-lit presence? These choruses move through a spectral, multi-layered stage.

Reviews / Endorsements

Divided into five choruses, the work is troubled by and troubles the notion of a chorus as the many and the one, a laboratory in which individual identity is obliterated and redefined....Individual moments are individual for having been chosen—lifted out of the noise—and Hartigan's poems make the claim that the act of choosing, no matter how choral the result, is of the greatest importance—Publishers Weekly

"Everything in Hartigan’s collection is weaving of questions which she insists that the reader ask him or herself, and she doesn’t necessarily insist that an answer be arrived at. In the first poem in the book, “Slippage and the Red Poppies” she asserts We have to begin at the slippage of alertness into fear. And in that sense she is suggesting that we must be a little bit afraid of determining or ascertaining an incontrovertible meaning. We must be made slightly uncomfortable by endless possibilities before we can begin to discover them and accept the invitation to play, among the poppies and the slippage, where meanings are found, erased, revised, disintegrated, and elucidated once again not in their layering, but rather between the layers. Hartigan’s collection is a must read, if not only for its portrayals of beauty, then for its success in satisfying the thirst of the intellect."—Emily Vogel

“In Hartigan’s bold lyric purview, the political is frankly flush with the lush landscape of phenomena: of lily and pine,…. It is an extravagant assertion of lyric citizenship in an unstinting world.”—G.C. Waldrep, Archicembalo

“reads as a celebration of the common etymology of text and textile…. Her linguistic play is almost vertiginous, constantly on the brink of overbalancing—but she never does, instead landing electrifyingly spot-on every time, creating a gymnastics of the page that is simply exhilarating.” —Cole Swensen, Gravesend, judge of the Omnidawn Open

“a book that performs as thoroughly as it proposes we step back, listen, think, and then step in, think, say, so that we're invited to join in the making up of other choruses…. a generous and generative book…”—Dara Wier, YOU GOOD THING

ENDI BOGUE HARTIGAN’s One Sun Storm won the 2008 Colorado Prize for Poetry, and her work has appeared in Chicago Review, VERSE, Colorado Review, Pleiades, VOLT, as well as other publications. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

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