Songs for Two Voices Bruce Smith

ISBN: 9780226764559

Published: April 15th 2005

Hardcover

72 pages


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Songs for Two Voices  by  Bruce Smith

Songs for Two Voices by Bruce Smith
April 15th 2005 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 72 pages | ISBN: 9780226764559 | 3.46 Mb

Part ancient Greek chorus, part Southern Baptist revival, Songs for Two Voices is an explosive showcase for Bruce Smiths jazz-like variations on sonnets and couplets, offering twenty-five duets: poems of call and response, song and countersong.

InMorePart ancient Greek chorus, part Southern Baptist revival, Songs for Two Voices is an explosive showcase for Bruce Smiths jazz-like variations on sonnets and couplets, offering twenty-five duets: poems of call and response, song and countersong.

In poems that groove and break, shimmy and dance, Smith filters his Miles Davis-like riffs through a post-World War II American sensibility to deliver verse without platitudes.As Smiths speakers wander through the detritus of American materialism-encountering jazz, football, drag, class war, Reaganomics, and Vietnam-the poems dramatize the contradictions and peculiarities of growing up male in Cold War America, both sensing promise and suffering disillusion.Each poem here speaks in two voices: one that attacks and one that cowers, one voice that leads while the other follows.

But Smiths subjects are unencumbered by form, and their voices blossom in duet: the idealized lover is also a betrayer, the man is also a girl. These binaries of statement and contradiction give birth to a third voice in the unrealized possibilities of the two.A mesmerizing follow-up to 2000s The Other Lover, Smiths Songs for Two Voices is carnal yet fiercely intellectual, laid out with the self-confidence of a poet who can invoke Mozart and Coltrane, Anna Akhmatova and John Wayne, Teddy Roosevelt and Augustine in the same incendiary breath.



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