Banana Palace

Banana Palace Utterly her own and utterly riveting The New YorkerDana Levin in her fourth collection Banana Palace confronts the deep anxieties of our age with bemusement incredulity outrage and hope Observi

  • Title: Banana Palace
  • Author: Dana Levin
  • ISBN: 9781556595059
  • Page: 224
  • Format: Paperback
  • Utterly her own, and utterly riveting The New YorkerDana Levin, in her fourth collection, Banana Palace, confronts the deep anxieties of our age with bemusement, incredulity, outrage, and hope Observing the crisis of human appetite through the lenses of psychology and science fiction, she s disquieted at a world ruled by a bi polar father god, unconscious, suicidal T Utterly her own, and utterly riveting The New YorkerDana Levin, in her fourth collection, Banana Palace, confronts the deep anxieties of our age with bemusement, incredulity, outrage, and hope Observing the crisis of human appetite through the lenses of psychology and science fiction, she s disquieted at a world ruled by a bi polar father god, unconscious, suicidal The personal meets the collective in these poems insane rants transform into contemporary oracular speech a child who once hoarded candy grows into an adult who consumes a planet Mutation, social media, eco collapse, a dream of a survivable End Times no less than the future of the body is at stake, bodies corporeal and political, ecological and spiritual Was that the soul, wishingwe would invent the bodyout of existence,so many of us nowenthralled by doomDana Levin has published three books of poetry, Wedding Day Copper Canyon , Sky Burial Copper Canyon , and her first book, In the Surgical Theatre, won the APR Honickman Award A teacher of poetry for over twenty years, Levin splits her time between Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Maryville University in St Louis, where she serves as Distinguished Writer in Residence.

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    1. Post-apocalyptic examination of the body, our future, survival. A must-read for fans of Levin's work - an an imaginative wonder. You can read my full review at The Rumpus here: therumpus/2016/11/banana-p

    2. Perhaps because the movie was mentioned and formed the basis for one of the poems, this collection reminded me of the feeling I had while watching Lars von Trier's film "Melancholia." There is both beauty and horror here, a sense of helplessness against something greater, a sadness the speaker is pulled to as if by magnetic force. The poems in Levin's "Banana Palace" evoke the strange and ordinary world we inhabit at this particular moment in time where "Information about information was the pol [...]

    3. I really loved this collection. Though it grapples with weighty topics like the end of the world, it did so with a sense of wicked humor and an almost brutal hope. The poems are never overwhelming and the author draws from a wide variety of sources and inspiration to build on her themes. Definitely a wonderful book of poems.

    4. shout out to the poem 'melancholia' that makes direct reference to the eponymous lars von trier film, which was mesmerizing and beautiful but also something i kind of hated, kind of like this book

    5. First time in a long while I've had to set a book down and just catch my breath. I spent quite a long while with these poems, particularly the titular poem, which put me in tears at:"a fetal curl on its temple floor, bagged and sleeping-- a white cacoonunder lit strings that stretch from floor to ceilinga harp made of glass"The care of every pause, every line, every space, was a gift. Deep gratitude.

    6. "--spring wind with its/ train of spoons,/ kidney-bean-shaped/ pools, Floridian/ humus, cicadas with their/ electric applicance hum, cricket/ pulse of dusk under/ the pixilate gold of the trees, fall's/ finish, snow's white/ afterlife, death's breath/ finishing the monologue Phenomena. The Most Beautiful Girl *you/ *carved the word because you craved the world*-- ("My Sentence"). When it's good, it's very good.

    7. Less than one-percent of the American population is bi-polar, it is a rare diagnosis. There is no representative God for this affliction. I am the only God, I am that planet.Poetry falls all over itself to impart what it can't. Brah, I can't be assailed, can never be (heart) beat.Language is permeable, on the edge of rediscovery and is constantly in the process of redefining meaning. Write what you will.I am outlawed via the truth. I am impossibly free. I am a manic-depression day, days.Chris Ro [...]

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