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Title:
The next bend in the road
Author:
Fried, Michael.
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Publication Information:
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, [2004]

©2004
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xiii, 85 pages ; 23 cm.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780226263236

9780226263250
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Book

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Summary

"In America today there is no lyric work more compelling and well made than To the Center of the Earth ," Allen Grossman wrote ten years ago of Michael Fried's last collection of poetry. Fried's new book, The Next Bend in the Road , is a powerfully coherent gathering of lyric and prose poems that has the internal scope of a novel with a host of characters, from the poet's wife and daughter to Franz Kafka, Paul Cézanne, Osip Mandelstam, Sigmund Freud, Gisèle Lestrange, and many others; transformative encounters with works of art, literature, and philosophy, including Heinrich von Kleist's "The Earthquake in Chile," Giuseppe Ungaretti's "Veglia," and Edouard Manet's Le Déjeuner sur l'herbe; and, running through the book from beginning to end, a haunted awareness of the entanglement of the noblest accomplishments and the most intimate joys with the horrors of modern history.


Summary

"In America today there is no lyric work more compelling and well made than To the Center of the Earth ," Allen Grossman wrote ten years ago of Michael Fried's last collection of poetry. Fried's new book, The Next Bend in the Road , is a powerfully coherent gathering of lyric and prose poems that has the internal scope of a novel with a host of characters, from the poet's wife and daughter to Franz Kafka, Paul Cézanne, Osip Mandelstam, Sigmund Freud, Gisèle Lestrange, and many others; transformative encounters with works of art, literature, and philosophy, including Heinrich von Kleist's "The Earthquake in Chile," Giuseppe Ungaretti's "Veglia," and Edouard Manet's Le Déjeuner sur l'herbe; and, running through the book from beginning to end, a haunted awareness of the entanglement of the noblest accomplishments and the most intimate joys with the horrors of modern history.


Author Notes

Michael Fried is J.R. Herbert Boone Professor of Humanities and director of the Humanities Center at the Johns Hopkins University.


Michael Fried is J.R. Herbert Boone Professor of Humanities and director of the Humanities Center at the Johns Hopkins University.


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Booklist Review

Art historian as well as poet, Fried writes clearly and with great acuity about the looks of things. The six free-verse couplets of In Seattle build an image of that city that denizens no less than first-time visitors will recognize as simply true. Of Manet's epochal Le Dejeuner sur l'herbe (Picnic on the grass ), Fried notes that while it is impossible now to imagine entering the mid-nineteenth-century picnickers' world, the painting's physicality is shockingly accessible (the paint appeared still wet ); the history of modern art criticism seems to reside within that contrast. Elsewhere, especially in prose poems, Fried realizes, just as successfully, moments in the lives of writers, such as the meeting, before the revolution, of the young poets and lovers Akhmatova and Mandelstam in The Next Bend in the Road. And besides the intellectual pleasure his poems about art and literature afford, Fried gives great emotional pleasure in the poems he scatters throughout the book about the little girl he and his wife adopted from China. A rich, richly satisfying collection. --Ray Olson Copyright 2004 Booklist


Booklist Review

Art historian as well as poet, Fried writes clearly and with great acuity about the looks of things. The six free-verse couplets of In Seattle build an image of that city that denizens no less than first-time visitors will recognize as simply true. Of Manet's epochal Le Dejeuner sur l'herbe (Picnic on the grass ), Fried notes that while it is impossible now to imagine entering the mid-nineteenth-century picnickers' world, the painting's physicality is shockingly accessible (the paint appeared still wet ); the history of modern art criticism seems to reside within that contrast. Elsewhere, especially in prose poems, Fried realizes, just as successfully, moments in the lives of writers, such as the meeting, before the revolution, of the young poets and lovers Akhmatova and Mandelstam in The Next Bend in the Road. And besides the intellectual pleasure his poems about art and literature afford, Fried gives great emotional pleasure in the poems he scatters throughout the book about the little girl he and his wife adopted from China. A rich, richly satisfying collection. --Ray Olson Copyright 2004 Booklist


Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
I The Send-Off
The Send-Off
Days of the Comet
The Alhambra
The Tunnel
April 4, 1968
In the White Swan Hotel, Guangzhou
The Kites
Greek Restaurants
Cézanne
Care
Kafka's Drawings
The Realm of Spirit
The Chase
Before a Duel
Papyrus
The Drought
The Rape of Nanking
The Glare
Gisèle Lestrange
The Meadow
Due North
The Dream
II The Nect Bend in the Road
The Next Bend in the Road
Tsvetayeva's Letters
The Curvature of Earth
The Earthquake in Chile
Reading
The New Year
Noa-Noa
The End of History
The Ring
A Night at the Opera
The Notebook
The Immortals
The Visitor from the Future
When You Enter the Room
The Essence of Poetry
Full Moonlight
The Drowned and the Saved
Outskirts of Berlin, May 1998
Aubade
Beauty Regardless
To Lily, a Calico Cat Who Died Before her Time
The Wound
III A Summer Night
The First Morning
The Flower
Last Visit from Ian Hamiliton
The Hilltop
In Seattle
The Yellow Dress
The Thirty Years War
Freud's Sacrifice
Wittenstein on Green
Fear and Trembling
For F.T.C.
Look Around
Marine
A Journey
Le Déjeuner sur l'herbe
Flesh
Yellow Crane Tower
The Fountain
A Summer Night
The Smoke-Brush
Song
The Winds of Dawn
Notes
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
I The Send-Off
The Send-Offp. 3
Days of the Cometp. 4
The Alhambrap. 6
The Tunnelp. 7
April 4, 1968p. 8
In the White Swan Hotel, Guangzhoup. 9
The Kitesp. 10
Greek Restaurantp. 11
Cezannep. 12
Carep. 13
Kafka's Drawingsp. 15
The Realm of Spiritp. 16
The Chasep. 17
Before a Duelp. 18
Papyrusp. 19
The Droughtp. 20
The Rape of Nankingp. 21
The Glarep. 22
Gisele Lestrangep. 23
The Meadowp. 24
Due Northp. 26
The Dreamp. 27
II The Next Bend in the Road
The Next Bend in the Roadp. 31
Tsvetayeva's Lettersp. 32
The Curvature of the Earthp. 33
"The Earthquake in Chile"p. 34
Readingp. 35
The New Yearp. 36
Noa-Noap. 37
The End of Historyp. 38
The Ringp. 39
A Night at the Operap. 40
The Notebookp. 41
The Immortalsp. 42
The Visitor from the Futurep. 43
When You Enter the Roomp. 44
The Essence of Poetryp. 45
Full Moonlightp. 46
The Drowned and the Savedp. 47
Outskirts of Berlin, May 1998p. 48
Aubadep. 49
Beauty Regardlessp. 50
To Lily, a Calico Cat Who Died Before her Timep. 51
The Woundp. 52
III A Summer Night
The First Morningp. 55
The Flowerp. 56
Last Visit from Ian Hamiltonp. 57
The Hilltopp. 58
In Seattlep. 59
The Yellow Dressp. 60
The Thirty Years Warp. 61
Freud's Sacrificep. 62
Wittgenstein on Greenp. 64
Fear and Tremblingp. 65
For F. T. C.p. 66
Look Aroundp. 67
Marinep. 68
A Journeyp. 69
"Le Dejeuner sur l'herbe"p. 70
"Flesh"p. 72
Yellow Crane Towerp. 74
The Fountainp. 75
A Summer Nightp. 76
The Smoke-Bushp. 78
Songp. 79
The Winds of Dawnp. 80
Notesp. 81