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Collected Poems [PDF / Epub] ☄ Collected Poems Author Paul Auster – Taut densely lyrical and everywhere informed by a powerful and subtle music this collection begins with the compact fragments of Spokes and Unearth both written when Auster was in his early twenties c Taut densely lyrical and everywhere informed by a powerful and subtle music this collection begins with the compact fragments of Spokes and Unearth both written when Auster was in his early twenties continues on through the ample meditations of Wall Writing Disappearances Effigies Fragments From the Cold Facing the Music and White Spaces then moves further back in time to include Auster's revealing translations of many of the French poets who influenced his own writing including Paul Eluard Andre Breton Tristan Tzara Philippe Soupault Robert Desnos and Rene Char as well as the provocative and previously unpublished Notes From a Composition Book An introduction by Normal Finkelstein connects the biographical elements to a consideration of the work and takes in Auster's early literary and philosophical influences Penetrating lyric and tempered with the same brooding intelligence that informs The New York Trilogy these poems offer a uniue window into postmodern consciousness.

10 thoughts on “Collected Poems

  1. Jonfaith Jonfaith says:

    Each syllableis the work of sabotage I am reluctant to admit that I was much impressed with the translations by Auster of established poets Eluard Char than by his own work Auster's verse is rooted in his reading of Merleau Ponty and larded with symbolism from Spinoza and even obscure eschatologists It aches as it aspires to bridge a distance between subject and sensation It harkens to Arendt's Human Condition while remaining sensual in a milieu of alleged disrepute There's affectation at play a charade in the key of Auster ity Franz's Hunger Artist awaiting a callback This ain't Prague

  2. M. Sarki M. Sarki says:

    Paul Auster is a very talented man His poems are well made and he should be very proud of them Auster says himself and is uoted in the introduction that these artifacts may be seen down the road as his very best work I was not so enad with his translations but I don't think it had anything to do at all with the work Auster did on them It was important for me to read these poems and I am impressed with Auster than before It has enabled a clearer understanding I would not have had otherwise I don't know of many writers who successfully write poetry fiction and essays as well as Auster does Hard to do all these well Generally we need to stick with what works best but Auster is proof that sometimes we just don't know Glad he had the courage to try other things than poetry We are all better for it I really cannot tell you what any of his poems mean but there is something about them that stays with you which is good enough for me

  3. Lee Kofman Lee Kofman says:

    It pains me to give one star to Auster some of whose books I really love especially Leviathan and The Invention of Solitude I also acknowledge I'm not a particularly savvy poetry reader And yet The poems are not only inaccessible but also maddeningly devoid of feeling as well as it seems to me honesty In short they're consistently pretentious I did doubt my judgement until I read the last section in the book which is I'd say prose poetry or maybe simply prose and it felt just the same as the poems pretentious and false I'm glad Auster left poetry for good when he began writing novels

  4. mwpm mwpm says:

    We dreamthat we do not dream We wakein the hours of sleepand sleep through the silencethat stands over us Summerkeeps its promiseby breaking it Dictum After Great DistancesThere's a reason Paul Auster is known for his fiction and not his poetry Like many writers before him Auster started in poetry but abandoned the vocation after the success of his New York Trilogy Having read both I would sooner recommend his fiction particularly The New York TrilogyAnyone curious about Auster's poetry may be interested to know that there are inklings of his fiction certain tonal and thematic elements that foreshadow the subjects he would later explore in his novels The prose poem White Spaces reads at times like the speech given by Peter Stillman in City of GlassIt comes from my voice But that does not mean these words willever be what happens It comes and goes If I happen to bespeaking at this moment it is only because I hope to find a wayof going along and so begin to find a way of filling the silence withoutbreaking itMy favourite poems in the collection weren't written by Auster They are poems by the French Surrealists André Breton Paul Éluard Robert Desnos etc translated by Auster The reason being that Auster doesn't have a strong voice in poetry and therefore does not impose upon the style of the writer he is translatingOverall recommendation Skip the poetry and read the fiction

  5. Chris S Chris S says:

    Finished it but found it a wee bit impenetrable

  6. Neil Fulwood Neil Fulwood says:

    In his introduction to this volume Norman Finkelstein notes that Auster’s verse is “a poetry that develops rapidly following a trajectory from taut and furious to open and reconciled from the reduced minims of world and language to generous valediction But it ends it definitively ends” Following the part prose poempart mission statement ‘White Spaces’ Auster received an inheritance which allowed him to focus on the long form novel format after which he dedicated himself entirely to prose Which is a shame I’d love to have witnessed his continued development as a poet rather than as evidenced by the work he has produced since ‘Book of Illusions’ his gradual slide from relevance as a novelist

  7. Zarah Zarah says:

    I enjoyed Auster's poetry well enough There are a few I may look back on

  8. Alix Alix says:

    your ink has learnedthe violence of the wall banishedbut always to the heartof bothering uiet you cant the stonesof unseen earth and smooth your placeamong the wolves

  9. Christian Christian says:

    As a Auster artistic advocate I've read his ten twelvenovels and his nonfiction The Invention of Solitude and The Red Notebook As a novelist and poet myself I felt an obligation to attempt Auster's poetryCollected Poems spans a decade of poetry 1970 79and a few translated French poems of his earlier work as a bonus From the get go I can say that his fluid novel and non fiction prose found contrasts with sometimes awkward soul searching poetic moments Yet his mastery of language intelligence and depth are found a every corner and hidden in the nooks and crannies of hazy inspirations and expirationsThe poetic journey is steady and always reuires your attention and your creativity Interpretation is never easy and you feel that you are always missing something try as you may a bit like life in fact Unfortunately this may be a bit too alienating to most and even if there are indeniable insights and artistic prouesses the lack of clear cohesion and inutive innovation make it hard to relate or correlateAs you read through you get used to the awkwardness yet you do not find the key or the epiphany of some work that reveal themselves as you go Rather you are melancholic and find Facing the Music not uite melodic This cacophony cackles with brilliance but is left mostly in the shady shadows Only when we reach the White Spaces 1979 which is a cross between poetry and introspectic nonfiction to we see the great Auster emergeAn interesting exploration but no clear findingsAs for the French poetry it is neither here nor there just glidingAuster is a master but here he is in becoming Searching swirlingFun far fetched but a bit cold and calculated like curling

  10. Josh Josh says:

    To paraphrase comedian Dave Hill I always feel a bit like a caveman in a spaceship when I try to write about poetry That seems fitting for this complete collection of Paul Auster's published poetry because Auster's subject is the difficulty of translating experience into words For the last 35 years Auster has written novels nonfiction essays and screenplays and directed a few films but in the 1970s he wrote poetry This book collects all the poems notes from his sketchbook his late '60s translations of French poets and the 1979 piece WHITE SPACES that marked his transition from poetry to prose That piece a strange combination of the two mediums written after seeing a dance troupe rehearsal seems in its own uiet way like the summation of Auster's obsessions His poetry is specifically about the difficulty of describing experience but can be generally applied to any artistic medium or maybe even any human transaction or interaction relying on language Some key lines for me The world is in my head My body is in the world The eye does not will what enters it it must always refuse to refuse The world that walks inside me is a world beyond reach The tongue is forever taking us away from where we are and nowhere can we be at rest in the things we are given to see for each word is an elsewhere a thing that moves uickly than the eye even as this sparrow moves veering into the air in which it has no home The world is my idea I am the world The world is your idea You are the world My world and your world are not the same our perceptions are necessarily limited Which means that the world has a limit that it stops somewhere But where it stops for me is not necessarily where it stops for you

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