Angle of Yaw by Ben Lerner

By Ben Lerner

In his daring moment ebook, Ben Lerner molds philosophical perception, political outrage, and private event right into a devastating critique of mass society. perspective of Yaw investigates the destiny of public area, public speech, and the way the applied sciences of viewing—aerial images in particular—feed our tradition a picture of itself. And it’s a unbelievable view.

The guy observes the motion at the box with the tiny tv he delivered to the stadium. he's topless, painted gold, bewigged. His exaggerated foam index finger exhibits the large monitor upon which his personal snapshot is now displayed, a version of fanaticism. He watches a dead ringer for his looking at the picture on his transportable television on his moveable television. He all at once stands with hands upraised and initiates the wave that might eat him.

Haunted by way of our present “war on terror,” a lot of the e-book used to be written whereas Lerner used to be dwelling in Madrid (at the time of the Atocha bombings and their political aftermath), because the writer steeped himself within the heritage of Franco and fascism. despite whilst or the place it used to be written, attitude of Yaw will extra identify Ben Lerner as one among our such a lot interesting and least predictable poets.

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We worked a while in peas best way we could. Altogether Singing 31 Fifteen hundred people just in one field. They wanted to pick peas so bad they'd fight over a row. A hamper was the most I ever picked. No one could live on that. We went to Beaumont for the cherries. Then we went up north to Thornton, worked in hay a little, apricots in San Jose, and back again to Thornton for tomatoes. The Filipinos and Japanese got all the good tomatoes which I guess they knew how better than the average. Visalia was the next place.

Next farm we rented over by Slick, but they struck oil on it and put us off. Good river bottom land I farmed on next, belonging to a banker. I cleaned it up and then we moved to Kansas. My wife's folks lived there. Some wheat growers come in and fenced the open range. We sold our stock and moved on back to Oklahoma, figuring we might do better in country that we knew. We found a place close to Muskogee and made a bumper crop, the best there was in all that neighborhood, then moved again to Tahlequah and stayed two years.

Now this big company like all the other big companies in Hoover's day kept cutting wages. Finally Like Judas, Wasn't It? the Illinois miners decided to put a stop to it. They wouldn't sign the contract with Insull's company cutting wages again. They said no. They said they'd starve first. But you, John Lewis, you told them they had to sign, they had to take the wage cuts. I guess you must have agreed with Wendell. " Your miners thought then and they told me Sam Insull had an "in" to you, John Lewis.

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