The Park

John Freeman (Author)
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Description

In The Park, his second book of poetry, John Freeman uses a park as a petri dish, turning a deep gaze on all that pass through it. In language both precise and restrained, Freeman explores the inherent contradictions that arise from a place whose purpose is derived purely from what we bring to it--a park is both natural and constructed, exclusionary and open, unfeeling and burdened with sentimentality. Pulling from both history and his own meditations in the Luxembourg Gardens in Paris, the seasons pass through famous parks, personal parks, parks beneath parks, and other spaces with fabricated outer limits. Throughout, Freeman wonders at how a park, being both curated and public, can be a nexus for a manifestation of great wealth inequality. How have we created these false boundaries for ourselves--with regard to physical space, but also in our minds and societies, in our personal relationships? Freeman plucks out difference in small daily dramas of people and animals only to dissolve it. Interspersed with meditations on love, beauty, and connection, The Park is a pacific and unflinching mirror cast upon a space defined by its transience.

Product Details

Price
$17.00  $15.64
Publisher
Copper Canyon Press
Publish Date
May 05, 2020
Pages
82
Dimensions
5.9 X 0.3 X 8.9 inches | 0.35 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781556595950
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About the Author

John Freeman is an American writer and literary critic. The former president of the National Book Critics Circle, Freeman is the editor of Freeman's, a literary biannual, author of two books of nonfiction, The Tyranny of E-mail and How to Read a Novelist, and of one book of poetry, Maps. Described by Dave Eggers as "one of the preeminent book people of our time," he has also edited two anthologies of writing on inequality, Tales of Two Cities and Tales of Two Americas. The former editor of Granta, he lives in New York, where he teaches at The New School and is Distinguished Writer-in Residence at New York University. The executive editor at LitHub, he has published poems in Zyzzyva, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and The Nation. His work has been translated into more than twenty languages.

Reviews

"A fine collection of spare, somber lyrics from an important figure in contemporary writing; with this volume, Freeman steps forward for merited attention as a poet in his own right." --Library Journal, starred review
"Perfect to take with you to your local park bench come spring, or whenever you need to recover a little humanity." --Literary Hub
"Atmospheric... These meditative poems offer a thoughtful exploration on the contradictions and connections formed in public spaces." --Publishers Weekly
"Freeman deftly stages his urbane poems of rumination over, even celebration of, the complexities of life... Delight and humor abound... There is wistfulness in these poems, though they never become mired in shadows of what is lost or gone." --Booklist