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January Machine
Rob Schlegel

Stahlecker Selections

Four Way
2014 • 64 pp. 6 x 9"

$15.95 Paperback, 978-1-935536-44-4

This long poem enacts the restless mind at work, which becomes the ground for action, for critique and for re-imagining America

January Machine is a book-length poem comprised of sonnets and sonnet sequences interrupted by static. Rooted in the modern American moment, this poem seeks to understand the intersection of Whitman’s plurality and Oppen’s “shipwreck of the singular.” In the midst of geographic dislocation, the lyric “I” becomes a place; “I am the I undone, immersed / in perspective,” Schlegel writes. “I am an American sigh, a limit / of language, a limit of privilege, / in this excess, a thousand exits.”

Reviews / Endorsements

“…a difficult hymn to a national self in the tradition of Baudelaire, by way of Paul Zurita's wounded populist astringency.” —GC Waldrep

“Lucid, sincere, part discursive meditation and part stirring lyric…January Machine is a brilliant and moving collection.”—Cathy Park Hong

ROB SCHLEGEL is also the author of The Lesser Fields. He teaches at Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA.

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