The Market Wonders

The Market Wonders Poetry In THE MARKET WONDERS the Market itself becomes a thinking person lover parent poet philosopher The first section reads as if the Dow Jones and the Dao De Jing had been playfully conflated

  • Title: The Market Wonders
  • Author: Susan Briante
  • ISBN: 9781934103647
  • Page: 491
  • Format: Paperback
  • Poetry In THE MARKET WONDERS, the Market itself becomes a thinking person lover, parent, poet, philosopher The first section reads as if the Dow Jones and the Dao De Jing had been playfully conflated like the latter work, this is a Book of Changes and a work of philosophy The speaker of these poems focuses tightly on the developing consciousness of her infant daughtPoetry In THE MARKET WONDERS, the Market itself becomes a thinking person lover, parent, poet, philosopher The first section reads as if the Dow Jones and the Dao De Jing had been playfully conflated like the latter work, this is a Book of Changes and a work of philosophy The speaker of these poems focuses tightly on the developing consciousness of her infant daughter, and then broadly on world events, in what they call total awareness, incessant recording While the timeline of the book s contents almost numbly identifies days by the closing numbers of that day s Dow, the mathematics at play are much wider than market measurements They include theoretical physics with the poet insisting the market penetrates all events and brain physiology, as well as the purpose of poetry itself Briante pushes the poetic domain beyond the lyric, beyond traditional subjects like nature although the poet s consciousness omits nothing cardinals in a tree, for instance , and into enumeration as meditation, money movement as an overarching shared consciousness Briante turns the expectations of poetry upside down when she explains, I wish poets would write about money, and a fairytale narrated in footnotes suddenly has exact measurement thrust into it By the end of the book, we see how financial theories, rightly or wrongly applied can distort the ordinary acts of living, impoverish entire communities There is nothing, however, impoverished about THE MARKET WONDERS, a work rich with marvels drawn from our ordinary world Across the bottom of our imported flat screen televisions race the names of the winners and the losers NFL and NBA scores, Dow Jones Industrial Averages, news on the most recent school shooting or celebrity overdose Amidst this incessant flagellation of news that is incapable of staying news, Susan Briante has imagined a remarkable poetics for our post Occupy lives Intimate yet public, THE MARKET WONDERS creates nothing short of a new linguistic bridge between revelation and awe Mark Nowak Poetry s conventions tend to assume that poetry does not need to bother itself with the economic machinations of something like the Dow These conventions are wrong and Susan Briante s THE MARKET WONDERS proves it This is poetry that is only the richer for how it weaves the economics that shape our daily lives into it This is one of the most beautiful and moving books I have read in recent years Juliana Spahr An intimate almanac of family life, Susan Briante s newest book also describes the collisions between an I and late capitalism In this way, the market becomes a throat, a tree, a poet it becomes the inorganic force Briante brushes and glances in her poems Always a story, no matter how avant garde you live, a poet tells the speaker in a dream THE MARKET WONDERS is a devastating meditation on value and love and economy, a book that asks its readers to pay careful heed of the markets inescapable trespass into our interior lives This book is not just stunning, it s also important, a clarion call Carmen Gim nez Smith

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    1. “On the day William Carlos Williams died the Dow closed up 667,” Susan Briante points out in The Market Wonders. “The Dow closed down 1130 on the day Prince released Purple Rain.” The inverse pathetic fallacy that she invokes—as per the poetic tradition, the Dow, imbued with human emotion, should rise and fall in accordance with the ups and downs of human events—serves to underscore an important truth: the stock market is inhuman, despite the paradoxical fact that it can make or brea [...]

    2. "The market wonders where the soul goes" says Susan Briante, this book wanders and wonders about what seems to rule our lives: the dow. The mechanics of economy and life and death and everything else becomes an excus for poetry to meditate. This is a meditation that needs a calculator and a soul willing to bet.

    3. This is sentence-focused poetry with a focus on reaction and logistics. Briante drops in frequent references to the DJIA, and includes a wobbly ticket tape of what appear to be notebook stubs to visually reflect the DJIA. I love poetry that succeeds at what Briante is attempting - thinking of the work of Evelyn Reilly and Donna Stonecipher - but this work doesn't find that complementary balance of components; it's more of a salad.

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