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Imperial Nostalgias
By (author): Joshua Edwards
9781933254869 Paperback, Trade English General Trade POETRY / American / General Feb 01, 2013
$15.00 CAD
Active 5 x 7.25 x 0.23 in | 100 gr 96 pages Coach House Books Ugly Duckling
Imperial Nostalgias is the second collection by poet and translator Joshua Edwards. Written in Mexico, China, Germany, Nicaragua, and during a train trip around the U.S. and Canada, the book reckons with itinerancy, innocence, and American privilege, while pointing toward a strange horizon. “'Through a turnstile, past a diorama / of ruins, into the ruins themselves,' Joshua Edwards escorts us into the desert of the real in his haunting and prismatic second collection, Imperial Nostalgias. Deepening the archaeological excavation—or is it a salvage operation?—of his first book, Campeche, Edwards brushes the dust from the remains of history, desire, and nostalgia itself, to reveal 'ruins as diorama, ruins as sculpture, / birds as music boxes. Everything / moves toward metaphor and dream.' A breathtaking cascade of parables, images, lyrics, and aphorisms, Imperial Nostalgias is necessary work, and required reading for anyone who has felt the cold undertow beneath all beauty. 'Life,' writes this poet, 'is terrible enough without swans.'” —Srikanth Reddy

Joshua Edwards directs and co-edits Canarium Books. He's the author of Campeche (with photographs by his father, Van Edwards) and the translator of Mexican poet Maria Baranda's Ficticia. Currently a fellow at the Akademie Schloss Solitude, he divides his time between Stuttgart, Germany and Marfa, Texas with his wife, Lynn Xu.

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