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First Words

Douglas Messerli

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Douglas Messerli
First Words
Series No.: 147
ISBN: 1-931243-41-7, Pages: 96
American Literature, Poetry

First Words was begun in 1995 as an exercise in which Messerli embedded the first word to two of poetry by other poets, but the series gradually transformed into a personal document of despair and potentiality experienced by the poet over the next three years. Messerli's poetry has long been center on wit and wordplay, and these qualities appear in this book as well; but here also is a new kind of lyric line that bears much in common with Romanticism. Through lyrical, semi-narrative poems and a sub-series of what the poet describes as “heavy sonnets” (freely constructed, unrhymed sonnets, each with one extra line) Messerli struggles to make meaning of fire, flood, riot, earthquake, personal setbacks, and aging.

Douglas Messerli, publisher of Green Integer, is the author of eight books of poetry—most recently Bow Dow (in Italian and English) and primeiras palavras (in Portuguese and English)—and works of drama (written under the pseudonym Kier Peters), performance, and fiction (published under the name Joshua Haigh). He has edited numerous anthologies, including the ongoing Project for Innovative Poetry series of international poetry of the 20th and 21st centurie<, From the Other Side of the Century: A New American Poetry 1960-1990 and (with Mac Wellman) From the Other Side of the Century II: A New American Drama 1960-1995 (available through Green Integer). He was won several awards and was recently named an Officier des Arts et Lettres by the French Government.

For more information on this author, visit his University of Penn author page.

Also by Douglas Messerli:
After [Sun & Moon], $10.95
Bow Down, $5.25
Dark, $5.25
Dinner on the Lawn [Sun & Moon], $14.95
Maxims from My Mother's Milk / Hymns to Him: A Dialogue [Sun & Moon], $14.95
Maxims from My Mother's Milk / Hymns to Him: A Dialogue (hardcover) [Sun & Moon], $9.95
My Year 2000: Leaving Something Behind, $17.95
My Year 2001: Keeping History a Secret, $17.95
My Year 2002: Love, Death, and Transfiguration, $5.25
My Year 2003: Voice Without a Voice, $5.25
My Year 2004: Under Our Skin, $5.25
My Year 2005: Terrifying Times, $5.25
My Year 2006: Serving, $5.25
My Year 2007: To the Dogs, $5.25
My Year 2008: In the Gap, $5.25
My Year 2009: Facing the Heat, $5.25
My Year 2010: Shadows, $5.25
My Year 2011: No One's Home , $5.25
My Year 2012: Centers Collapse, $5.25
My Year 2013: Murderers and Angels, $17.95
On Marriage: The Imagination of Being, $5.25
Reading Films: My International Cinema, $5.25
River to Rivet: A Manifesto [Sun & Moon], $14.95
Silence All Round Marked: An Historical Play in Hysteria Writ [Sun & Moon], $5.25
Stay, $5.25
The Walls Come True: An Opera for Spoken Voices (The Structure of Destruction, Part II) [Sun & Moon], $14.95

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