2014 National Book Award Longlist, Poetry
A Several World
ABOUT THE BOOK
As in the title phrase—borrowed from a seventeenth-century poem by Robert Herrick in which “several” is used to individuate-- questions of singularity and the plural, of subjectivity and the collective, pervade this dream-quick poetry. In A Several World there are glimpses of an “us down here”—in a city state, in a valley town, in an open clearing, in the understory—and, by various projections, there is frequent attainment of an aerial vantage, a supervisory perspective. The wish to be out of the weeds, to imagine one can see the thing in whole, and, conversely, the wish to be overseen, even to be overlooked, further animate the poetic shuttling between late pastoral and conceptual project.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Brian Blanchfield is the author of Not Even Then; the chapbook, The History of Ideas, 1973-2012; and the forthcoming collection of essays, Onesheets, a finalist for a 2013 Creative Capital Innovative Literature grant. His recent work has appeared in The Nation, Chicago Review, The Brooklyn Rail, A Public Space, Lana Turner, The Paris Review, Brick, Conjunctions, Guernica, The Awl, and The Poetry Project Newsletter, among other journals and magazines. A Several World received the 2014 James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets.