The Last Two Seconds

Author(s): Mary Jo Bang
Genre: Poetry
Original Publish Date: Mar 03, 2015
Product Number: EB00558835
Released: Mar 03, 2015
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9781555979010
Publisher: Graywolf Press
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The eagerly awaited new poetry collection by Mary Jo Bang, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award We were told that the cloud cover was a blanket about to settle into the shape of the present which, if we wanted to imagine it as a person, would undoubtedly look startled- as after a verbal berating or in advance of a light pistol whipping. The camera came and went, came and went, like a masked man trying to light a too-damp fuse. The crew was acting like a litter of mimics trying to make a killing. Anything to fill the vacuum of time. -from "The Doomsday Clock" The Last Two Seconds is an astonishing confrontation with time-our experience of it as measured out by our perceptions, our lives, and our machines. In these poems, full of vivid imagery and imaginative logic, Mary Jo Bang captures the difficulties inherent in being human in the twenty-first century, when we set our watches by nuclear disasters, species collapse, pollution, mounting inequalities, warring nations, and our own mortality. This is brilliant and profound work by an essential poet of our time.

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