5 recomandări de carte la început de toamnă

Cîteva titluri recente ale unor cărți de poezie, eseu, numai bune de răsfoit & citit, în ton cu mood-ul și anotimpul:

WHEREAS: Poems, WHEREAS confronts the coercive language of the United States government in its responses, treaties, and apologies to Native American peoples and tribes, and reflects that language in its officiousness and duplicity back on its perpetrators. Through a virtuosic array of short lyrics, prose poems, longer narrative sequences, resolutions, and disclaimers, Layli Long Soldier has created a brilliantly innovative text to examine histories, landscapes, her own writing, and her predicament inside national affiliations. “I am,” she writes, “a citizen of the United States and an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, meaning I am a citizen of the Oglala Lakota Nation—and in this dual citizenship I must work, I must eat, I must art, I must mother, I must friend, I must listen, I must observe, constantly I must live.” This strident, plaintive book introduces a major new voice in contemporary literature.

Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body, In her phenomenally popular essays and long-running Tumblr blog, Roxane Gay has written with intimacy and sensitivity about food and body, using her own emotional and psychological struggles as a means of exploring our shared anxieties over pleasure, consumption, appearance, and health. As a woman who describes her own body as “wildly undisciplined,” Roxane understands the tension between desire and denial, between self-comfort and self-care. In Hunger, she explores her past—including the devastating act of violence that acted as a turning point in her young life—and brings readers along on her journey to understand and ultimately save herself.

With the bracing candor, vulnerability, and power that have made her one of the most admired writers of her generation, Roxane explores what it means to learn to take care of yourself: how to feed your hungers for delicious and satisfying food, a smaller and safer body, and a body that can love and be loved—in a time when the bigger you are, the smaller your world becomes.

Don’t Call Us Dead, Award-winning poet Danez Smith is a groundbreaking force, celebrated for deft lyrics, urgent subjects, and performative power. Don’t Call Us Dead opens with a heartrending sequence that imagines an afterlife for black men shot by police, a place where suspicion, violence, and grief are forgotten and replaced with the safety, love, and longevity they deserved here on earth. Smith turns then to desire, mortality?the dangers experienced in skin and body and blood?and a diagnosis of HIV positive. “Some of us are killed / in pieces,” Smith writes, “some of us all at once.” Don’t Call Us Dead is an astonishing and ambitious collection, one that confronts, praises, and rebukes America?“Dear White America”?where every day is too often a funeral and not often enough a miracle.

Cîteva numere de magie, Poezia e o violenta ingaduita. Spectre, daimoni, umbre – Alice Notley le alchimizeaza si izbuteste sa construiasca o noua limba poetica. Totul e tumultuos, poeta-medium se dovedeste a fi o structura tensionata, iar vocile care o locuiesc sunt aproape intotdeauna protestatare. Exista o dimensiune identitara abisala a liricii mediumnice: poeta incepe totul de la capat (in sens demiurgic), ea face lucrurile, vietile, mortile (prin numire, prin cuvinte). E o meserie mesianica in care, in ciuda tumultului, epifania frumusetii isi are rostul. (Ruxandra Cesereanu)

Bani. Munca. Timp liber, O carte despre conditia artistului/artistei, despre cutumele lumii literare romanesti in care traim. O arta poetica despre cat de nepoetica poate fi supravietuirea. Elena Vladareanu da voce tuturor vocilor care soptesc pe la colturi, dar nu vorbesc despre propria conditie, da o voce, in mod radical, frustrarii, furiei si fricilor unor artisti care nu mai au timp sa se ocupe de arta lor fiind confiscati de stiinta supravietuirii, captivi in ecuatia bani/munca/timp liber. O voce plasata in afara metaforei si a iluziei. Mai mult ca niciodata, Elena Vladareanu isi confirma in aceasta carte stilul, forta, dar si misiunea pe care si-a asumat-o.

Bani. Munca. Timp liber este volumul cel mai direct al Elenei Vladareanu, cel mai apropiat de ideea de manifest. Un manifest artistic, un manifest feminist si feminin conceput pe mai multe voci care livreaza impreuna, in forta, mesajul. Misiunea volumului este sa opereze o extragere brutala din fetisismul artei pentru arta. Misiune indeplinita. „Bine ati venit in desertul realului!”

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