Just Let Me Say This about That: A Narrative Poem PDF

Just Let Me Say This about That: A Narrative Poem (Sewanee Writers' Series) ➶ [Reading] ➸ Just Let Me Say This about That: A Narrative Poem (Sewanee Writers' Series) By John Bricuth ➫ – Thomashillier.co.uk John Bricuth's hilarious and lyrical narrative poem takes the form of a press conference hosted by Sir who is either God the President of the United States everybody's father or a combination of the t John Bricuth's hilarious and Me Say Kindle Ô lyrical narrative poem takes the form of a press conference hosted by Sir who is either God the President of the United States everybody's father or a combination of the three someone either sage or psychoanalyst to whom one takes one's problems or refers one's ueries as to one who knows The uestioners Just Let Kindle - are three journalists Bird Fox and Fish They start by asking what seem to be political uestions but end by asking for no less than the value and meaning of life.


5 thoughts on “Just Let Me Say This about That: A Narrative Poem (Sewanee Writers' Series)

  1. Diann Blakely Diann Blakely says:

    Commerce most visibly meets literature in Nashville during October’s annual Southern Festival of Books but just down the road the 12 year old Sewanee Writers’ Conference continues to burgeon in several directions—most recently north northeast toward the world of New York publishing Under an agreement with Peter Mayer’s The Overlook Press—best known recently for its reprints of Southern writer Charles Portis—the conference’s director Wyatt Prunty recently initiated a new imprint the Sewanee Writers’ Series which issues several books of poetry fiction and drama each yearPrunty the author of seven books of poetry and one volume of literary criticism currently serves as Carlton Professor of English at the university He also directs the school’s undergraduate writing program oversees the resident writers program which has brought Manette Ansay Tony Earley and others to campus during the academic year and keeps an eye on the Sewanee Young Writers’ Conference After a substantive term as poetry editor for the SEWANEE THEOLOGICAL REVIEW Prunty has turned that position over to Daniel Anderson a former student of Prunty’s at Johns Hopkins and himself a poetThe soft spoken even tempered Prunty could hardly be different than the Southern author whose financial beuest has made this mini empire possible Tennessee Williams Hyperbolic multi addicted charmingly voluble and determinedly gay the playwright was the grandson of an Episcopal priest the Rev Walter E Dakin who studied theology at Sewanee in 1895 To honor his grandfather Williams left a residual portion of his estate to Sewanee where he asked that a memorial fund be established to encourage “creative writers and creative writing” Part of that fund continued to support Williams’ sister Rose—upon whom he based the character of Laura in THE GLASS MENAGERIE—until her death which occurred in one of the mental institutions in which she spent her life She’d been lobotomized as an adolescent a not infreuent “cure” for revved up female hormones at the time With Rose’s passing the full estate came to SewaneeThis fund named for Dakin underwrites The Overlook PressSewanee Writers’ Series whose inaugural volume in September 1998 JUST LET ME SAY THIS ABOUT THAT consisted of a long poem by John Bricuth the alter ego of John Irwin humanities professor at Johns Hopkins and in his capacity as director of its poetry series Prunty’s editor Fiction and drama have followed over the last two years along with publication announcements for poetry books by two of Prunty’s former Hopkins students Philip Stephens and Nashvillian Greg WilliamsonIf all this seems as incestuous as the relationships between certain Williams characters readers should know that the nearly insurmountable odds of publishing a book of poems—only marginally better than the odds of being in a plane crash—make the championing of one’s students seem like a moral responsibility to many teachers For example the former head of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop Jorie Graham routinely judges book competitions and series with “open” submission guidelines much like Sewanee’s and selects her former students as winners Poet and literary critic William Logan on the other hand has long objected to this practice—and the rationale behind it—as gussied up nepotismIn Prunty’s defense it should be noted that he’s hardly rewarding the undeserving Williamson a dazzling talent who studied with Mark Jarman during his undergrad days at Vanderbilt has won the prestigious Whiting Award and his first volume THE SILENT PARTNER was a prize winner as well Nonetheless the appearance of favoritism—whether or not there’s actually fire behind the smoke—tends to lessen these young poets’ genuine accomplishments as well as tarnishing whatever prestige the Sewanee Writers’ Series in poetry attempts to establishThere’s an even vexing problem that any editorpublisher must face While they have the unuestionable right to further their own aesthetic via the books they issue the result can be an eventually deadening similarity Scanning the reviews of Sewanee Writers’ Series poets’ work it’s impossible not to notice the recurrence of adjectives like “ruminative” “modest” “ironic” “reticent” “distant” and “philosophical” Such adjectives rightly imply that these poems rely on metaphysical wit and plaintiveness as the basis for emotional impact Conseuently it seems important to say that Philip Stephens the author of the series’ second poetry release THE DETERMINED DAYS is at his best when he breaks that tone with fury and out and out sorrow In fact Stephens’ very good first book derives its considerable impact from allowing two seemingly antithetical forces to collide an elegant neo formalist aesthetic and “determinedly” working class subject matterRelying on their former teacher as editor and publisher won’t necessarily prevent Prunty’s protégés—who like him are very smart and very skilled—from developing into noisier messier and extravagant poets with voices of their own Taking a cue from Tennessee Williams himself might be a start After all for a publishing venue established with the playwright’s money Sewanee’s current poetry list and aesthetic offer no real perch for a writer such as “Bird” as Williams was called by intimates The playwright’s highly figured grandly rhetorical and profoundly “feminine” style was partly rooted in his own work as a poet partly in his profound connection with his sister and other casualties of the cult of the Southern belle and partly in his status as a sexual outlaw These last two connections make Williams the closest thing towell not our region’s greatest female poet exactly but its greatest and most profound lyricist of Southern womanhood especially in its transgressive and non gender specific formsThe other cornerstone of Williams’ achievement of course was his sheer linguistic genius which drew heavily upon everyday Southern hyperbole Recognizing the potential that lay in our highly figurative unabashedly humid idiom Williams plucked andor crafted phrases—“like a cat on a hot tin roof”—that remain the closest to Shakespeare that Dixie has yet offered When the playwright’s instincts went awry his verbal excess could degenerate into drawling camp Nonetheless his continuous assault on the accepted boundaries of life and language shows clearly the appetite for risk that great art never lacks; and it would be energizing at the least to see of his daring compassionate sensibility reflected in the Sewanee’s Writers’ Series’ upcoming titlesoriginally published in the NASHVILLE SCENE


  2. Garengaston Garengaston says:

    The ending is a little bit of a letdown but the rest of the book than makes up for it Still a five The book is a uick read A fable in verse God at a press conference And though the characters are talking in long baroue sentences the language comes off like WWII Americana imagine God as FDR


  3. Jeff Jeff says:

    For a decade I made this my literary Christmas ritual Dense melancholic and often too clever Bricuth somehow manages to write an affecting portrait of struggle and redemption with some beautiful phrases thrown in for good measure


  4. Mills College Library Mills College Library says:

    81154 B8499j 1998


  5. Tom Tom says:

    This book is engrossing once you get started and is deserving of a careful examination Each person who gives this poem serious thought will gain something meaningful from it


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