Border Towns

Border Towns

Paperback - 2016
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The several essays that comprise Border Towns chase, worry, and trouble ideas about situation and reference. As a group, the essays' topics--color, lycanthropy, African-Canadian history, cooking, public transit, etc.,--make an unlikely field. But through all its pages the book traces and describes acts of situation; and--for all its werewolves, green-grocers, and paeans to miscegenation and migration--its interest is not in capturing but in "the shape of reference itself."

The title figure of the border town serves as a "beard" for the unassimilable. The author, whose other Dalkey books are poetry books, writes, "The mistake or the short-sightedness is to perceive border towns as finite or one-to-one compositions, or as places where monoliths stretch and mingle; or stare at one another.....Perhaps at best is border town--the term--the gesture toward something that's actually untenable or untenably awkward." So Border Towns --the book of essays--is perhaps, finally, a book about poetry. ("It often seems to me," writes the author, "that one of the best uses to which prose can be put is describing poetry.")

Publisher: Victoria, TX : Dalkey Archive Press, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781564787651
Branch Call Number: PS3557.I78 A6 2016
Characteristics: xi, 201 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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