Presenter of the National Book Awards

2010 National Book Award Finalist,
Poetry

Kathleen Graber

The Eternal City

Princeton University Press

Photo credit: Lawrence Graber

ABOUT THE BOOK

With an epigraph from Freud comparing the mind to a landscape in which all that ever was still persists, The Eternal City offers eloquent testimony to the struggle to make sense of the present through conversation with the past. Questioning what it means to possess and to be possessed by objects and technologies, Kathleen Graber's collection brings together the elevated and the quotidian to make neighbors of Marcus Aurelius, Klaus Kinski, Walter Benjamin, and Johnny Depp. Like Aeneas, who escapes Troy carrying his father on his back, the speaker of these intellectually and emotionally ambitious poems juggles the weight of private and public history as she is transformed from settled resident to pilgrim.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kathleen Graber teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Virginia Commonwealth University. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker and The American Poetry Review, among other publications. Her first collection, Correspondence, was published in 2006.

SUGGESTED LINKS

Princeton University Press' webpage for The Eternal City
http://press.princeton.edu/titles/9282.html

VIDEO - YouTube: Kathleen Graber reads two poems from The Eternal City
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XB-z-P179tM


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