Natural History PDF/EPUB å Paperback

Natural History PDF/EPUB å Paperback


10 thoughts on “Natural History

  1. D& D& says:

    I stumbled upon this book my accident really a happy accident it turns out I got it via Book Mooch which I highly recommend wwwbookmoochcom in lieu of a book by Charlie Smith that the owner couldn't find To be honest I wasn't even going to read this as all of the previous poems by Dan Chiasson I've read didn't do much for me But once I started it I couldn't put it down Natural History is really really good I am not in love with it but I would say I have a crush I especially like the way Chiasson writes in the 2nd person something I do a lot and something that doesn't always sit well with some readers or so has been my experience in workshops I personally like the implicit intimacy of a you in a poem and I think poems like Love Song Sycas do this very wellI said Stop there but you followed meeven when I tore our bed to pieces I did that I brought anger into the bowerand the sycas became menacing shouldersI also love the poems about elephants especially the bit about the elephant practicing his tricks at night in the dark an image that has haunted me for years though I couldn't recall where I'd read it I still can't recall but perhaps it was in this very book It's good to be haunted I do recommend it


  2. Melissa Melissa says:

    I liked how self referential these poems were Chiasson's references to himself were both touching and cheeky They drew clearly on an individual's set of influences and I enjoy tracing a poet's preoccupations


  3. K.C. K.C. says:

    want to love it don't love itbut it does many things that i want it to do it just never lifts off


  4. Janée Baugher Janée Baugher says:

    Whimsical non seuitur Sex drinking profanity references to pop culture humor How does earning a PhD from Harvard embolden one's poetry? Some playful moments and some tired self referential moments The freedom of free verse?


  5. Justin Justin says:

    I'm glad five years later I revisited this poetry and I'm unsurprised to find a mature and slyly humorous collection—no wonder it went over my head the first time around a time when I was mostly stuffing my face with junk food poetics I am amazed at the cohabitation in these poems of irreverence and solemnity I am also amazed at Chiasson's ability to inhabit ancient voices and craftily appropriate them for his purposes he often knows exactly why he is drawn to certain writers and also knows who he is as a writer typically amalgamating the two with success The Natural History section is ferociously exact melancholic and charming From several angles Chiasson is able to match the physical size of the elephant with suitably mountainous pathos The final section balances ars poetica narrative and surrealism with circus like dexterity—they're a chin ful of plates that never so much as wobble Hoorah


  6. Paul Paul says:

    Got this one as gift from a colleague Was one of the better collections of contemporary poetry I have read in some time Chiasson's poetry has a collouial ease with an unobtrusive techincal mastery If anyone typically bypasses the poetry aisle in the bookstore or online not knowing where to start beyond the Frost you read in high schoolI would consider this a nice re introduction


  7. Kent Kent says:

    Considering how much Roman poetry makes an appearance in this book it's probably not a huge stretch to say that Chiasson's voice reminds me a lot of Horace But I say this in that good way where Horace takes the common and everyday and social and makes you feel his attitude toward it this attitude that is so florid and enthusiastic just for the love of feeling


  8. Willys Willys says:

    The book makes it boldest most poignant statement in the 5 page 'Scared by the Smallest Shriek of a Pig and When Wounded Always Give Ground' that ends the collection Everything there comes together in a way that it doesn't seem to elsewhere making the poem the perfect coda for a deliberately wide ranging work


  9. secondwomn secondwomn says:

    dan chiasson does things that i could never do in ways that make language exciting i like that his language is straightforward but his images and allusions are dark mirrorways into things you might not see otherwise


  10. Jonathan Jonathan says:

    Natural History is a delight of a poem and Poem beginning with a line from Frost' is such a beautiful cascadeI was suprised Very pleasantly surpised Rescue a copy from a bargain bin when you next come across it


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Natural History ❮Reading❯ ➺ Natural History Author Dan Chiasson – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk Dan Chiasson hailed as “one of the most gifted poets of his generation” upon the appearance of his first book takes inspiration for his stunning new collection from the Historia Naturalis of Pliny Dan Chiasson hailed as “one of the most gifted poets of his generation” upon the appearance of his first book takes inspiration for his stunning new collection from the Historia Naturalis of Pliny the Elder  “What happens next you won’t believe” Chiasson writes in “From the Life of Gorky” and it is fair warning This collection suggests that a person is like a world full of mysteries and wonders–and eually in need of an encyclopedia a compendium of everything known The long title seuence offers entries such as “The Sun” “There is one mind in all of us one soul who parches the soil in some nations but in others hides perpetually behind a veil” “The Elephant” “How to explain my heroic courtesy” “The Pigeon” “Once startled you shall feel hours of weird sadness afterwards” and “Randall Jarrell” “If language hurts you make the damage real” The mysteriously emotional individual poems coalesce as a group to suggest that our natural world is populated not just by fascinating creatures–who in any case are metaphors for the human as Chiasson considers them– but also by literature by the ghosts of past poetries by our personal ghosts Toward the end of the seuence one poem asks simply “Which Species on Earth Is Saddest” a uestion this book seems poised to answer But Chiasson is not finally defeated by the sorrows and disappointments that maturity brings Combining a classic often heartbreaking musical line with a playful fresh attack on the standard materials of poetry he makes even our sadness beguiling and beautiful From the Hardcover edition.

  • Paperback
  • 84 pages
  • Natural History
  • Dan Chiasson
  • English
  • 20 March 2015
  • 9780375711152