The Histories by Jason WhitmarshThe Histories by Jason Whitmarsh

The Histories

byJason Whitmarsh

Paperback | February 14, 2017

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Jason Whitmarsh’s The Histories is an extravagantly funny and deeply affecting work of the imagination. With an obsessive precision, Whitmarsh catalogs our misunderstandings, our absurdities, our joys, and, above all, our sorrows. This is a world of stunning invention and lyric beauty: horsemen without horses, miniature Manhattan Projects, meditating kings and arguing gods, Wallace Stevens love songs and Kafka singing the blues. Though fragmented and incomplete, these histories get much of our experience—our hopes, our heartbreak—exactly right.
JASON WHITMARSH received a BA in mathematics from the University of Chicago and an MFA in poetry from the University of Washington. His poems have appeared in a number of journals, including Poetry Northwest, the Cincinnati Review, Subtropics, and Ploughshares. His first book, Tomorrow's Living Room, won the 2009 May Swenson prize. He ...
Title:The HistoriesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:72 pages, 5 × 8 × 0.68 inPublished:February 14, 2017Publisher:Carnegie Mellon University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0887486223

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Table of Contents

History of the Horsemen • History of the Heart
Into Two
IHistory of Nostalgia
History of Model
Train Encampments
History of Therapy
History of Paranoia
History of Robotics
History of Travel
History of Titles
History of Translation
History of the Prose Poet
History of Money: The Early Years
History of the Hypothetical
History of the Soda Machine
History of the Creation Myth
History of Loss
Barely Translated Italian Letter
Night Song
History of Correspondence
Dear M.
History of MacGyver
History of the Love Song
History of Love
History of the Non-Quiet Devo
History of Fear
History of Board Games
History of Advertising
History of Optimism
History of Depression Screening Tests
History of Los Angeles
For Everything to Have Happened
The Kafka First-Line Blues
Dear CW
Recasting Our Spiritual Ambition
Hypothetical Moral Quandary Clerihews
History of Anger
History of Description
History of Told You So
History of Pleasure
History of Parks
This Heavy Lifting
History of Pepsi’s Corporate Strategy
History of Horse
Consider This Number
History of Art
History of The Graduate, Closing Shot
History of Aquaman
History of Lying
History of Depression
History of the Land
Not the Trees

Editorial Reviews

“Poetic stealth has found a new champion in Jason Whitmarsh. In The Histories, the prose poem is refreshed with deceptive wildness and brief lyrics have the impact of buildings falling.” - Dean Young