Green Squall

Green Squall Jay Hopler s Green Squall is the winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets competition As Louise Gl ck observes in her foreword Green Squall begins and ends in the garden however Hopler s gard

  • Title: Green Squall
  • Author: Jay Hopler Louise Glück
  • ISBN: 9780300114546
  • Page: 441
  • Format: Paperback
  • Jay Hopler s Green Squall is the winner of the 2005 Yale Series of Younger Poets competition As Louise Gl ck observes in her foreword, Green Squall begins and ends in the garden however, Hopler s gardens are not of the seasonal variety evoked by poets of the English lyric his gardens flourish at lower, fiercer latitudes and in altogether different mindscapes There isJay Hopler s Green Squall is the winner of the 2005 Yale Series of Younger Poets competition As Louise Gl ck observes in her foreword, Green Squall begins and ends in the garden however, Hopler s gardens are not of the seasonal variety evoked by poets of the English lyric his gardens flourish at lower, fiercer latitudes and in altogether different mindscapes There is a darkness in Hopler s work as deep and brutal as any in American poetry Though his verbal extravagance and formal invention bring to mind Wallace Stevens s tropical extrapolations, there lies beneath Green Squall s lush tropical surfaces a terrifying world in which nightmare and celebration are indistinguishable, and hope is synonymous with despair.

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    1. A Yale Younger Poet winner Reminds me of my Florida childhood. Who might not smile at?The stars tonight are like tinfoil fleas on a black rat.or:The angel says if I want to be a sucker, that's my business,But its all about service, not servitude--in this world, youEither become a monster or you wait on one.or:1. The rain stops Just long enough to make you thinkOf the one day in your whole rotten Childhood you were happy.2.Then, it starts raining again.aaah lyric cynicism

    2. Green Squall is like no other book of poetry I’ve ever read. Sometimes it breaks my heart, sometimes it makes me laugh so hard I cry. And sometimes this happens over the course of a single poem. It’s amazing. Hopler is truly a master. And if you ever get the chance to see him read, you really have to. He’s one of the best readers I’ve ever seen.

    3. Green Squall is incredible. I can't remember the last time I was this excited about a book of poetry. I read it like once a week.

    4. The tactility of sound -- hardness, yup, and "fine collapses" (thus Laura Riding, on Hart Crane) -- refers to the apparent difficulty tensility in an over or under-stressed medium throws up to sense, because when someone says to you something you don't need to remember, it can sound so mellifluous as to register not as sound at all. Whereas: "We dreamt of panthers and hatpins, orchids and ashbins" -- this is all "hooked up". And not just by the glose stanza of this poem (a ten-ner) called "The H [...]

    5. I still don't know what to think of this collection. The first poem I've read was With Both Eyes Closing, which I loved, but then the other poems were nothing special. There were some lines that were also pretty good, like: Standing next to a large white potFilled to overflowing with orange - Aubade (pg. 61)Work-like, They move their purple and white, Red and yellow heads to the edgeOf the field and stand - leaf deep - In a seeping flood of fallen petals: The wind is picking up - The Wildflower [...]

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