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Angle of Yaw

av Ben Lerner

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In his bold second book, Ben Lerner molds philosophical insight, political outrage, and personal experience into a devastating critique of mass society.Angle of Yaw investigates the fate of public space, public speech, and how the technologies of viewing--aerial photography in particular--feed our culture an image of itself. And it's a spectacular view. The man observes the action on the field with the tiny television he brought to the stadium. He is topless, painted gold, bewigged. His exaggerated foam index finger indicates the giant screen upon which his own image is now displayed, a model of fanaticism. He watches the image of his watching the image on his portable TV on his portable TV. He suddenly stands with arms upraised and initiates the wave that will consume him. Haunted by our current "war on terror," much of the book was written while Lerner was living in Madrid (at the time of the Atocha bombings and their political aftermath), as the author steeped himself in the history of Franco and fascism. Regardless of when or where it was written,Angle of Yaw will further establish Ben Lerner as one of our most intriguing and least predictable poets.… (mer)
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Hard to find a book of poems that is this much fun to read. It's so smart and so quick and so ambitious. And funny. It's got all the feign left, dodge right rhetorical trickiness of most contemporary poetry, but knows why it's doing it. The book is about why everyone is doing it. The best young poet to come around in a long, long while? ( )
  wordlikeabell | Jan 22, 2009 |
I might prefer his earlier, funnier work. ( )
  dutts | Aug 14, 2008 |
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In his bold second book, Ben Lerner molds philosophical insight, political outrage, and personal experience into a devastating critique of mass society.Angle of Yaw investigates the fate of public space, public speech, and how the technologies of viewing--aerial photography in particular--feed our culture an image of itself. And it's a spectacular view. The man observes the action on the field with the tiny television he brought to the stadium. He is topless, painted gold, bewigged. His exaggerated foam index finger indicates the giant screen upon which his own image is now displayed, a model of fanaticism. He watches the image of his watching the image on his portable TV on his portable TV. He suddenly stands with arms upraised and initiates the wave that will consume him. Haunted by our current "war on terror," much of the book was written while Lerner was living in Madrid (at the time of the Atocha bombings and their political aftermath), as the author steeped himself in the history of Franco and fascism. Regardless of when or where it was written,Angle of Yaw will further establish Ben Lerner as one of our most intriguing and least predictable poets.

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