Against the Meanwhile: 3 Elegies (Wesleyan Poetry Series)
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- Languages:English (Unknown), English (Original Language), English (Published)
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- Dimensions (in):8.9 x 5.9 x 0.5
- Publication Date:October 5, 1988
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Mark Irwin's boyhood near the nuclear laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, haunts his poetry. This book of three elegies explores the nature of remembered time and space--personal, historical, geological--against the progression of time--evolution, germination, cell division, nuclear fission, the decay of memory and feeling. This, the poet says, is a kind of "fossil record" of science's impact on the modern world. Entropy (the tendency of atoms towards disorder) becomes a god, a blueprint for possibility. Disorder--frenzy, darkness, chaos--leads to evolution and evolution to order, harmony, and beauty. A star burns and sunlight falls on the world.
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