The Totality for Kids

The Totality for Kids

Book - 2006
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The Totality for Kids is the second collection of poems by Joshua Clover, whose debut, Madonna anno domini , won the Walt Whitman award from the Academy of American Poets. This volume takes as its subject the troubled sleep of late modernity, from the grandeur and failure of megacities to the retreats and displacements of the suburbs. The power of crowds and architecture commingles with the alienation and idleness of the observer, caught between "the brutal red dream/Of the collective" and "the parade/Of the ideal citizen." The book's action takes place in these gaps, "dead spaces beside the endlessly grieving stream." The frozen tableau of the spectacle meets its double in the sense that something is always about to happen. Political furies and erotic imaginings coalesce and escape within a welter of unmoored allusions, encounters, citations, and histories, the dreams possible within the modern's excess of signification--as if to return revolutionary possibility to the regime of information by singing it its own song.
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, c2006
ISBN: 9780520246003
0520246004
9780520245990
0520245997
Branch Call Number: 811.5 C647t 2006
Characteristics: 76 p. ; 21 cm

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This powerful 2006 collection documents the collapse of the modern world into a totalizing spectacle. Clover is by turns playful, brutal, and primarily incisive in these attempts to outwit the totality. For ambivalent fans of cities, modernity and the Situationists. Eric G.


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