Earthly Delights: Poems

Earthly Delights: Poems

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From the winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, a new collection of philosophical, elegiac, and wry meditations on film, painting, music, and poetry itself

Earthly Delights begins with an invocation to the muse and ends with the departure of Odysseus from Ithaca. In between, Troy Jollimore's distinguished new collection ranges widely, with cinematic and adventurous poems that often concern artistic creation and its place in the world. A great many center on films, from Andrei Tarkovsky's Nostalghia to Paul Thomas Anderson's Boogie Nights. The title poem reflects on Hieronymus Bosch's The Garden of Earthly Delights, while another is an elegy for Gord Downie, the lead singer and lyricist for the cult rock band The Tragically Hip. Other poems address various forms of political insanity, from the Kennedy assassination to today's active shooter drills, and philosophical ideas, from Ralph Waldo Emerson's musings on beauty to John D. Rockefeller's thoughts on the relation between roses and capitalist ethics. The book's longest poem, "American Beauty," returns repeatedly to the film of that name, but ultimately becomes a meditation on the Western history of making and looking, and--like many of the book's poems--an elegy for lost things.

Author: Troy Jollimore
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Published: 09/14/2021
Pages: 128
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.55lbs
Size: 9.13h x 6.14w x 0.63d
ISBN: 9780691218823

Review Citation(s):
Publishers Weekly 09/20/2021
Booklist 09/15/2021 pg. 9
Library Journal 11/01/2021 pg. 90

About the Author
Troy Jollimore is the author of three previous collections of poetry: Tom Thomson in Purgatory, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award; Syllabus of Errors (Princeton), which was chosen by the New York Times as one of the ten best poetry books of the year; and At Lake Scugog (Princeton). His poems have appeared in the New Yorker, Best American Poetry, McSweeney's, and many other publications. He is professor of philosophy at California State University, Chico. Website Twitter @TroyJollimore