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The Barons
Joshua Corey

2014 • 120 pp. 6 x 9"
Poetry / Literary Criticism / Military History

$17.95 Paperback, 978-1-890650-98-8

“Corey’s work exudes a richness of language throughout.”—Laura Carter, Atticus Review

An epic meditation on contemporary American catastrophe and struggle

The poems of The Barons span 10 years of struggle with the spirit of Romance in the face of world-historical catastrophe: 9/11, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the Great Recession. Once again we find ourselves in a waste land stained by spectacle, scabrous and benighted, a landscape populated by opportunists, idiots, amnesiacs, and chumps, unable to comprehend the disaster that has enfolded them. In spite of this the book is haunted by the ancient quest for reconciliation, for some kind of contact with the earth and with other people. From ironic pastoral to black satire to the gates of vision, this book enacts a 21st-century journey toward an elusive horizon of meaning and the paradox of “freedom’s law.”

Reviews / Endorsements

Joshua Corey has reinvented the good old-fashioned American avant-garde epic poem (Whitman, Stein, Crane, O'Hara) and thrust it, kicking if not screaming, into the early 21st Century, ‘rescued/by what survives the will to survive.’ The result is thrilling, and unlike any poetry I know.” —John Ashbery, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and the MacArthur Fellowship

“Corey’s The Barons offers us a rich, dense, allusive, elusive reading and writing of epic in an American key. In thinking about it as a set of engagements with regard to eco-poetics one may begin to think through the possibilities of empire and scale.”—R.D. Wood, Plumwood Mountain Journal

JOSHUA COREY is the author of three other books of poetry, Severance Songs, Fourier Series, and Selah, as well as a novel, Beautiful Soul: An American Elegy. He and G.C. Waldrep edited The Arcadia Project: North American Postmodern Pastoral, an anthology of innovative contemporary nature poems. He lives in Evanston, Illinois and is an associate professor of English at Lake Forest College, and co-director of Lake Forest College Press / &NOW Books.

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