Prairie Style is about the breakdown of location and voice. It lays out a landscape of habitations (Frank Lloyd Wright's designs for "servantless families," fox dens in an embankment, the two-mile long face of Chicago’s Robert Taylor public housing project, etc.) and crosses and recrosses the line between poetry and prose. The book is an acknowledgment of the “terrible frankness” of color, pleasure’s distance, and the similarity of equivocation and argument. Prairie Style is the turn inland. “Inland, one needs something more racial, say bigger, than mountains.”
Title Prairie Style
Author C.S. Giscombe
Title First Published 10 September 2008
Nb of pages 100 p.
Publication Date 10 September 2008
Nb of pages 100
List Price $12.95
You can always say what you are. Half the time the allegory’s music, how song goes with its cornets and saxophones. Everyone still talks about range like it was music. Do you have something to say to me? Closure re-gathers the shape of the original undoing, the place where memory changed or picked up. Or it’s human-looking: big-boned, about as noisy, parts missing or left out, parts overstated. A loud brother to the divine, an admonishment; I was two men, I was something, I was “something monstrous.” Jokes just drain the spirit.
“Giscombe’s concise poems—which are always essentially unpredictable—have an odd and vivid beauty. They move in intricately woven patterns (like the candid language of risky dreams), from the emotional depths of the most private places to places post-personal yet not quite public. And they make this journey with elegance, eloquence, wit, knife-sharp observations, and tenderness. -Clarence Major
“C. S. Giscombe makes evident a genius of attention to all the determinants of any one of us, our particulars, our people. He traces with consummate art the passage of time through his own accumulating presence, his points of origin and return. -Robert Creeley
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Genres : Fiction : African-American
Genres : Poetry
Countries : United States of America