Things Come on: An Amneoir

Things Come on An Amneoir Things Come On is a broken and sutured hybrid of forms combining poetry prose narration primary documents dramatic dialogue and pictures The narrative is woven around the almost exact concurrence

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  • Title: Things Come on: An Amneoir
  • Author: Joseph Harrington
  • ISBN: 9780819571359
  • Page: 320
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Things Come On is a broken and sutured hybrid of forms, combining poetry, prose narration, primary documents, dramatic dialogue, and pictures The narrative is woven around the almost exact concurrence of the Watergate scandal and the dates of the poet s mother s illness and death from breast cancer, and weaves together private and public tragedies showing how the languagThings Come On is a broken and sutured hybrid of forms, combining poetry, prose narration, primary documents, dramatic dialogue, and pictures The narrative is woven around the almost exact concurrence of the Watergate scandal and the dates of the poet s mother s illness and death from breast cancer, and weaves together private and public tragedies showing how the language of illness and of political cover up powerfully resonate with one another The resulting amneoir a blend of memoir and amnesia explores a time for which the author must rely largely on testimony and documentary evidence not unlike the Congress and the nation did during the same period Absences, amnesia, and silences count for at least as much as words As the double tragedy unfolds, it refuses to become part of an overarching system, metaphor, or metanarrative, but rather raises questions of memory and evidence, gender and genre, personal and political, and expert vs lay language This haunting experimental biography challenges our assumptions about the distance between individual experience and history A reader s companion is available at http thingscomeonreaderte.wesleyan Hardcover is un jacketed.

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    1. I don't really know where to begin, this is a collection of hybrid poems that blend into the telling of Harrington's mother's battle with breast cancer & subsequent death, aligned with the investigation & outcome of Watergate/Nixon. These two stories seem to have little in common, though they happened at the same time. Harrington's hybridization of Doctor's notes, charts, his own words, and legal documentation from the Watergate scandal somehow become something new. The blending of the m [...]

    2. a unique book - a self-proclaimed cross of a memoir and amnesia. But, i think perhaps all memoirs are of similar substance. after all, isn't reality in the perception of the teller? I felt as if I were peeking into a scrapbook, a journal, and a history book all at once. I often recount things by remembering what was happening around the moment. The metaphor for Watergate and Cancer - is a good one. I did enjoy this style, and would read more, even re read this one - which is really saying someth [...]

    3. I really can't recommend this book highly enough. It isn't really poetry, although it was given to me as poetry. It isn't really memoir, although it moves towards memoir. It's just, something else, deeply felt and thoroughly thought.

    4. Unique. The mixing of Nixon/Watergate/resignation interweaves the loss of the mother perfectly, and even more so when we come to understand her death coincides with his resignation and both are in the newspaper on the same day.

    5. Pretty good, some genius moments, (regarding the juxtaposition of his voice and appropriated text) but I wasn't "in love" with it.

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