Pax Atomica

Pax Atomica

Poems

Book - 2004
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A collection of eloquent,
culturally engaged poems
that amount to Campbell
McGrath's best book yet.

"America's epic is the odyssey of appetite," Campbell McGrath declares, and these poems track those defining hungers across a social landscape by turns "grave, risible, amazing, banal," cataloging the "?vortex of images in a ruined theater the culture comes to resemble," from Rocky and Bullwinkle to "Blue Angels rampant on a field of static, / anthem and flag descending to darkness." In terza rima meditations, rock-and-roll elegies, and abecedarian lyrics, Pax Atomica documents the tangled romance between self and society ("in which / the melody's ampersand ensnares us") in ways both new and familiar to readers of McGrath's five previous volumes.

A continuation as well as a departure for one of America's most highly honored poets, this is poetry of formal eloquence and rhetorical power, of vision and engagement. Pax Atomica descends into the maelstrom of American culture and emerges singing.

Publisher: New York : Ecco, c2004
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780060745646
0060745649
Characteristics: 62 p. ; 25 cm

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