The Men: A Lyric Book by Lisa RobertsonThe Men: A Lyric Book by Lisa Robertson

The Men: A Lyric Book

byLisa Robertson

Paperback | May 1, 2006

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In Vancouver as the dark winter tapered into springI undertook to singMy life my body these wordsThe men from a perspective.
The Men is a work that will be both familiar and fresh to anyone who has read Lisa Robertson. As a poet Robertson has received unrivaled praise for her uncompromising intelligence and style. The Men will not only compliment her previous work, but will add a new layer as a far more personal and lyrical book than anything she has yet published. Who are the men? The Menare a riddle. What do they want? Their troubles become lyric. The Men explores a territory between the poet and a lyric lineage among men. Following a tradition that includes PetrarchÕs Sonnets, Cavalcanti, DanteÕs works on the vernacular, Montaigne, and even Kant, Robertson is compelled towards the construction of the textual subjectivity these authors convey - a subjectivity that honours all the ambivalence, doubt, and tenderness of the human. Yet she remains angered by the structure of gender these works advance. It is this troubled texture of identification that she examines in The Men. How does a woman of the present century see herself, in menÕs lyric texts of the renaissance, in the tradition of the philosophy of the male subject, as well as in the men that surround her, obfuscating, dear, idiotic and gorgeous as they often seem? What if ÔsheÕ wrote ÔhisÕ poems? At once intimate and oblique, humorous and heartbreaking, composed and furious, - The Men seeks to defamiliarize both who, and what men are.

Lisa Robertson is the author of Debbie: An Epic, The Weather, and Occasional Work and Seven Walks from the Office for Soft Architecture.
Title:The Men: A Lyric BookFormat:PaperbackDimensions:69 pages, 8 × 4.25 × 0.2 inPublished:May 1, 2006Publisher:BookThugLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0973974257

ISBN - 13:9780973974256

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