Trouble Lights

Title

Trouble Lights

Department

English

Document Type

Book

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Description

Traveling from the rural Midwest and Chicago, his mythic childhood city, to the outposts of Cornwall and far-off Guangzhou, William Olsen searches for the miracle of wholeness in the small details. An urgency inhabits his poems as they lament and protest a pandemic disrespect for all things natural and the replacement of such with material progress. Olsen seeks to make a truly substantial inquiry into human existence, which leads him to test the adequacy of language. Filling his verses with a dazzling language that challenges, transports, questions, and intoxicates, he thus creates a genuine surrealism. His meditations on contemporary life are bleak but fiercely truthful - providing that paradox of literature, the exhilaration of feeling even when reading of the tragic. It is Olsen's distinct awe for our universe that offers hope for retrieving all that is being lost.

ISBN

978-0810151079

Publication Date

1-23-2002

Publisher

Northwestern University Press

City

Evanston

Disciplines

Creative Writing

Citation for published book

Olsen, William, and NetLibrary, Inc. Trouble Lights / William Olsen. Evanston, Ill.: Triquarterly /Northwestern UP, 2002. Web.

Trouble Lights

http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/52052761

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