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Fire Break
George Albon

2013 • 72 pp. 6 1/2 X 8 1/2"
Poetry / Poetry - American

$15.95 Paperback, 978-1-937658-13-7

A brilliant new poetic sequence from a leading innovative American poet

Fire Break is a suite of untitled lyric poems which move through a succession of present moments, bringing through the weave both hard-edged engagement and uncommon harmonics. In the mix can be heard messages of desire, physicality, global imbalances, and ultimately, creation.

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“George Albon’s admirable body of work functions like a musical backbone, bracing us for and facing us into the world.” —Forrest Gander

“Let melody stand for attachment”—as a phrase it’s a credo and poetics, at once making melos the means and measure of the poet’s relation to his environs. And tough George Albon indeed puts language as made thing between observer and world, he does so in order to examine our attachments rather than eschew them. “No sooner written,” he writes, “than contended.” He crafts poems so perceptually rich and critically canny that they everywhere render the complexities of affect coded as music,“resonance merging/ with its being/ struck.” As attuned to “the mercantile/world working” as to the erotics of “literal skin” Fire Break reminds us of the important Objectivist legacy Oppen and Rakosi left on the West Coast. Few are more their heir than George Albon.—Brian Teare

From the Book:

No sooner written

flowers in the sun

than contended

But to clothe ourselves
and see our breath,
see indistinctly far
others’ bright figures,

that I don’t know
what occurs
in words, that
spring a weather shift
that will have
causation, that
is the just

GEORGE ALBON is the author of the poetry collections Empire Life, Thousands Count Out Loud,Brief Capital of Disturbances, Step, Aspiration, and Momentary Songs. His work has appeared in Hambone, New American Writing, O Anthology 4, Avec Sampler 1, and the anthologies The Gertrude Stein Awards in Innovative American Poetry, Bay Poetics, and Blood and Tears: Poems for Matthew Shepard. His essay “The Paradise of Meaning” was the George oppen Memorial Lecture for 2002.0He lives and works in San Francisco.

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