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American Amnesiac

American Amnesiac Following the manic journey of a man stripped of memory the poems in American Amnesiac confront the complexities of being American in an age of corruption corporations and global conflict I am a ma

  • Title: American Amnesiac
  • Author: Diane Raptosh
  • ISBN: 9780983934660
  • Page: 161
  • Format: Paperback
  • Following the manic journey of a man stripped of memory, the poems in American Amnesiac confront the complexities of being American in an age of corruption, corporations, and global conflict.I am a man missing a nation and a wife, strung up between a pastI may not want and a present in which I cannot make myself at ease.Diane Raptosh has published three books of poems TheFollowing the manic journey of a man stripped of memory, the poems in American Amnesiac confront the complexities of being American in an age of corruption, corporations, and global conflict.I am a man missing a nation and a wife, strung up between a pastI may not want and a present in which I cannot make myself at ease.Diane Raptosh has published three books of poems The recipient of three literature fellowships from the Idaho Commission on the Arts, she teaches creative writing and literature at The College of Idaho She was named Boise s first ever Poet Laureate in 2013.

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    1. Diane Raptosh

      Diane Raptosh s fourth book of poems, American Amnesiac Etruscan Press, 2013 , was long listed for the 2013 National Book Award The recipient of three fellowships in literature from the Idaho Commission on the Arts, she is currently serving as the Boise Poet Laureate 2013 as well as the Idaho Writer in Residence 2013 2016 Her poems have appeared in numerous literary journals, including Women s Studies Quarterly, Terrain, OccuPoetry, and the Los Angeles Review Her work has also been anthologized widely in such places as New Poets of the American West, Mamas and Papas On the Sublime and Heartbreaking Art of Parenting, Classifieds An Anthology of Prose Poems, and The Glenn Gould Anthology She holds the Eyck Berringer Endowed Chair in English at The College of Idaho, where she teaches literature and creative writing as well as directs the program in criminal justice prison studies A highly active ambassador for poetry, she has conducted writing workshops, given readings, and lectured on poetry in a variety of locations ranging from university auditoriums to maximum security prisons, school buses to riverbanks She lives with her family in Boise.

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    1. (Read during Day 2 of NaNoReadMo.)American Amnesiac was longlisted for the National Book Award in 2013, but did not make the short list. The entire book is made up of page-length poems from the perspective of an amnesiac, trying to understand identity, names, and bringing in elements like blog posts, headlines, and news stories. Since all the poems have the same story, you could argue they are one long poem. That made me put it off reading for a while, but once I got going it was fine. "Does the [...]


    2. A singularly strange and imaginative exploration of the American consciousness. The central figure is a John Doe reassembling his identity, and the poems are short, quick-punch re-entries into ongoing struggle to remember, to own, to articulate a self. If you can, tackle it in an afternoon to enjoy one swift, amazing read.


    3. This 2013 volume of poetry was a finalist for the National Book Award.It is an experiment in identity and how memory instructs our lives.There are a series of untitled poems throughout portraying the life ofCal Rinehart/John Doe. He does not remember Cal Rinehart, so the poemsare from the generic status of an unknown man. Very dynamic and fastpaced book. I enjoyed it very much.


    4. This book of poetry was unlike any I have read before. Strange, but interesting. It becomes a bit clearer as you read the narrative of the amnesiac as he tries to grasp his identity and our confusing globalized world. The commentary fit in about the Supreme Court ruling corporations as people was interesting as a motif of this lost amnesiac.


    5. This was fun to read and is a clear demonstration that the order of poems in a collection can be central to understanding that collection. They built on each in way that caused that Oh I remember him or her or that phrase. The ideas of creating and remembering identity turned into humorous tools.


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