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Author Kaminsky, Ilya, 1977- author.

Uniform Title Poems. Selections
Title Deaf republic : poems / Ilya Kaminsky.

Publication Info. Minneapolis, Minnesota : Graywolf Press, [2019]


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 PHS Non-Fiction  CB 811 Kaminsky    ---  Available
Description 76 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Note Poems.
583517 11/07/2019 Adult
Contents We lived happily during the war -- Dramatis personae -- Gunshot -- As soldiers march, Alfonso Covers the Boy's face with a newspaper -- Alfonso, in snow -- Deafness, an insurgency, begins -- Alfonso stands answerable -- That map of bone and opened valves -- Townspeople circle the Boy's body -- Of Weddings before the war -- Still newlyweds -- Soldiers aim at us -- Checkpoints -- Before the war, we made a child -- As soldiers choke the stairwell -- 4 a.m. bombardment -- Arrival -- Lullaby -- Question -- While the child sleeps, Sonya undresses -- Cigarette -- Dog sniffs -- What we cannot hear -- Central Square -- Widower -- For his wife -- I, This body -- Her dresses -- Elegy -- Above blue tin roofs, deafness -- City like a guillotine shivers on its way to the neck -- In the bright sleeve of the sky -- To live -- Townspeople watch them take Alfonso -- Away -- Eulogy -- Question -- Such is the story made of stubbornness and a little air -- Townspeople speak of Galya on her green bicycle -- When Momma Galya first protested -- Bundle of laundry -- What are days -- Galya whispers, as Anushka nuzzles -- Galya's puppeteers -- In Bombardment, Galya -- Little bundles -- Galya's toast -- Theater nights -- And while puppeteers are arrested -- Soldiers don't like looking foolish -- Search patrols -- Lullaby -- Firing squad -- Question -- Yet, I am -- Trial -- Pursued by the men of Vasenka -- Anonymous -- And yet, on some nights -- In a time of peace.
Summary Deaf Republic opens in an occupied country in a time of political unrest. When soldiers breaking up a protest kill a deaf boy, Petya, the gunshot becomes the last thing the citizens hear--they all have gone deaf, and their dissent becomes coordinated by sign language. The story follows the private lives of townspeople encircled by public violence. At once a love story, an elegy, and an urgent plea, these poems confronts our time's vicious atrocities and our collective silence in the face of them.
Awards National Book Award: Poetry Finalist, 2019
Chronological Term 2000-2099
Subject Deafness -- Poetry.
Sign language -- Poetry.
Political violence -- Poetry.
American poetry -- 21st century.
POETRY / American / General.
American poetry. (OCoLC)fst00807348
Deafness. (OCoLC)fst00888573
Political violence. (OCoLC)fst01069902
Sign language. (OCoLC)fst01118246
18.06 Anglo-American literature. (NL-LeOCL)077611985
American poetry.
Genre/Form Poetry. (OCoLC)fst01423828
ISBN 1555978312 (paperback)
9781555978310 (paperback)
1555978800 (ebook)
9781555978808 (ebook)

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